Church choir director Salary
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to my inquiry for a
colleague regarding average salaries for a church choir position.
I was overwhelmed by the number of responses, as well as the wonderful
personal stories that were shared. I simply do not have the time to
respond to all of the e-mails I received, so thank you to all who
responded to the inquiry.
There were a few common threads regarding places to find salary
information for church choir directors:
A) A chart from the American Guild of Organists:
B) The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians:
C) The Presbyterian Association of Musicians:
D) An excellent article on searching for a church position by Dean B.
McIntyre that can be found at the Methodist General Board of
E) An excellent article written by Vernon Sanders for "Creator Magazine
F) A recommendation to become involved with the Choral Conductors Guild:
Other offered guidelines:
I) Base the salary on the number of hours worked per week...10
hrs/week=$10,000 annual; 20 hrs/week=$20,000; etc.
II) Declarations of personal salaries for similar positions (1 choir, 2
services, 1 weekly rehearsal)
It's far from a statistically significant survey, but the
average seems to be $5,000 for such a position.
Christopher J. Russell
Director of Choirs, Park High School
Cottage Grove, MN 55016