Church Organist Salary

Church Organists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to four-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $17K per year on average but can range from $12K to $151K per year. Job satisfaction for Church Organists is high. In this profession, less than one-tenth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and fewer than one in twenty have vision insurance, as well. Women make up a slight majority of Church Organists (54 percent) survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,786 - $34,454
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$34K
MEDIAN: $17,207
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$14.68 - $104.60
(Median)
$15
$36
$100
MEDIAN: $36.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$11,786 - $34,454  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
Total Pay (?
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$12,067 - $151,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $104.60  
   
Overtime
$25.00 - $75.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
   
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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$12,067 - $151,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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.


For many Church Organists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $20K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $21K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $23K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $24K on average.

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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$22,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 8% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 91%
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