Church Organist Salary

Church Organists in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than four-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $19K per year, but may range from $12K to $104K per year. Male Church Organists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 58 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Church Organists. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by around one in ten, and fewer than one in twenty earn vision coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,994 - $42,016
$12K
$19K
$42K
MEDIAN: $18,707
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50%
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$16.22 - $113.43
$16
$44
$110
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$0$102K
Salary $11,994 - $42,016
Bonus $325.00
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$12,176 - $102,710
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 142
Hourly Data $0$113
Hourly Rate $16.22 - $113.43
Overtime $106.25
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $325.00
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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$12,176 - $102,710
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 41

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Church Organist

Pay by Experience for a Church Organist has a positive trend. An entry-level Church Organist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 20 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Church Organist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Church Organist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 48 salaries. A Church Organist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 74 salaries.

Church Organist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Church Organist?

Church Organist in Freeport:
Always remember that you are not performing; you are to enhance the worship service to add either a prayerful mood or excitement.

Key Stats for Church Organist

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
58%
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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$21,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
58%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
no benefits
None: 86%
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