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What to pay Organists/Directors of Music

The sordid subject of coin (to coin a phrase) is one that has vexed organists/directors of music and church leaders alike. It would appear that there is no rule of thumb when negotiating fees. In cases where there is a tradition of music in a church, negotiating a reasonable salary is a relatively easy process. However, in many more cases where music is almost seen as an afterthought, the concept of paying a decent fee to a musician is galling to some people. At least one person has said to me when I told him my fee for playing at a wedding, "Well, you're only practising. Why do you expect to be paid?"

However, as a general rule, most church leaders realise that, if they want to have a decent standard of music in the church, they are going to have to pay a decent fee, and it's also fair to say that the more experienced/qualified the musician, the more he/she should expect to be paid.

To that end, the Society hereby provides a suggested schedule of fees (below) to assist in the determining of a suitable salary. It may also be very helpful for the musician to complete an Hours Worksheet to accurately determine the number of hours to negotiate. The American Guild of Organists has a Schedule of Fees which may be useful for comparison.

Note that this schedule is considered by the society to be the minimum that should be paid.                              Webmaster

  

FEE STRUCTURE FOR SALARIED POSITION

 

Organist with ability and experience - one weekly service, no choir

52 weeks including 4 weeks paid annual leave

Sick leave negotiated

$200 p.w.

 

$10,400 p.a.

Organist with ability and experience

One weekly service and choir rehearsal

[accompaniment under choir director]

52 weeks including 4 weeks paid annual leave

Sick leave negotiated 

$250 p.w.

 

 

 

$13,000 p.a.

Organist and Choir Director qualified and experienced

One service and one full choir rehearsal

52 weeks including 4 weeks paid annual leave

Sick leave negotiated 

$300 p.w.

 

 

$15,600 p.a.

Additional Services not included as part of Salary Package

such as for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, extra Easter and Christmas Day services when music is required

 

Organist only                                                                             - per service

$200

Organist and Choir Director with choir                                    - per service

$250

Weddings and Funerals/Memorial Services - not included in salary package

$250 - $300

FEE STRUCTURE FOR LOCUMS / DEPUTIES

 

Locum / Deputy Organist Sunday only - travelling time included within 30 kms of home

$150

Locum / Deputy Organist and Choir Director

 

                                                                           No rehearsal

$200

                                                                           With one short rehearsal

$250

                                                                           With one full rehearsal

$300

FEES and SALARY PACKAGES - to be indexed by CPI annually.