Church Organist Salary

The majority of Church Organists in the United States — more than 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 per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Fewer than one in ten report receiving medical coverage from their employers and fewer than one in twenty collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$11,965 - $37,432
(Median)
$12K
$19K
$37K
MEDIAN: $18,543
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90%

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Church Organists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $19K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. For Church Organists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $21K. As Church Organists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $24K.

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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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