Suggested Fees

The following fee ranges are suggested by the American Guild of Organists. In general, the higher the expectations of the church and/or the more complicated the service, the higher in the suggested range the actual fee should fall.

These fees are not binding either for the musician or hiring party. They are provided here as a reference only.

Service/
Rehearsal
Type
Organist or Organist/Director Suggested
Fee Range
Guidelines
Details
Single 

church/temple

service

Organist only, 

or Director only

$100-$350 One service only with brief warm-up; includes accompaniments
$50-$150/hour* Separate rehearsal, depending on amount of preparation required
Organist/Director combination $150-$500 Service only
$75-$100/hour* Separate rehearsal, depending on amount of preparation required
Extra service(s) 

(contiguous in time)

Organist only, 

or Director only

$75-$150 each Assumes identical services 

requiring no additional preparation/rehearsals

Organist/Director combination $75-$200 each
Weddings Organist $150-$500 Service only (late fees apply hourly)
$50-$200/hour* Rehearsal with bridal party (late fees apply hourly)
$30-$150/hour* Additional rehearsals or in-person consultations
Funerals Organist $100-$400 Service – standard repertoire – assumes minimal score/repertoire research
$50-$100/hour* Rehearsal – Depending on difficulty of music and amount of coordination with choir, soloists, etc.
Mileage If the round trip travel for a service or rehearsal exceeds 30 miles, the musician may choose to charge 44.5 cents per mile in addition to the normal fees.

* Hourly rates have a one-half hour minimum fee