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Church Organist Salary

The majority of Church Organists in the United States — approximately four in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $12K to $144K per year, and the median is $17K per year. Less than one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in twenty get vision plans. Women Church Organists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Church Organists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,645 - $34,563
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$35K
MEDIAN: $17,240
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$14.68 - $104.60
(Median)
$15
$38
$100
MEDIAN: $38.00
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90%

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Salary
$11,645 - $34,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
Total Pay (?
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$11,971 - $143,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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 - $4,848  
   
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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$11,971 - $143,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $19K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $22K. Church Organists bring in $25K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $24K.

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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 9% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 90%
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