Church Organist Salary

The majority of Church Organists in the United States — over four-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $12K to $151K per year, and the median is $19K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to less than one-tenth, and less than five percent earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Job satisfaction for Church Organists is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,965 - $37,432
(Median)
$12K
$19K
$37K
MEDIAN: $18,543
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$16.48 - $110.25
(Median)
$16
$49
$110
MEDIAN: $48.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$11,965 - $37,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
Commission
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$12,269 - $150,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.48 - $110.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$62.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$12,269 - $150,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Church Organist

A church organist plays the organ in church services. The organ is an important musical instrument in many religious traditions. In some cases, organists collaborate with the pastor or music director to choose hymns for the worship service. In others, organists are given an overview of the lesson and allowed to choose appropriate music. Often, these selections must be approved by the music department.

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Church Organist Tasks

  • Attend meetings and planning sessions.
  • Direct other instrumentalists.
  • Play for regularly schedules services and special events.

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Pay by Experience Level for Church Organist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Church Organists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $19K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $21K on average. Church Organists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $21K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $24K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$22,000

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 9%
dental benefits
Dental: 4%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 90%
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