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Church pianist salary?

What is a fair starting (salary) weekly rate for a church pianist for a small church, (80 attendees), one service.  Choir once a month. Service music of prelude, offertory, hymns, postlude, communion music.  Occasional special music accompanying?     We have a 30+ year veteran pianist losing her battle with cancer and need to begin a search for someone new.  The search committee thinks her current salary is reflective of her years of experience and could be lowered for someone new.
on September 10, 2013 4:54am
Here's the AGO (American Guild of Organists) salary guidelines. 
 
 
While to some degree years of experience are reflected in salary, if you expect your new pianist to play well, they
have put the time in to get to their level of ability.  A church with 80 attendees is probably not paying a large salary;
but the pianist plays the same regardless of how many folks are in the pews.  Something to keep in mind.  
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on September 10, 2013 8:28am
I'm at a church the same size and we pay $75 a service.
on September 11, 2013 6:33am
Check out the AGO (Amer. Guild of Organists) guidelines. It gives ranges for hours worked and education level, but not years of experience.  Be sure to add 2.5 to 3 hours prep time for each hour worked. <www.agohq.org>
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