The Society has now increased its recommended salaries for the first time since 2013. CPI index rate is currently 1.8%, (As at September 2017). At a minimum, organist salary increases should be in keeping with CPI. The correct salary levels can be found in the table below.

The Society has decided to set its fees in keeping with the excellent work done by the Organ Society of Queensland Inc. Explanatory notes can be found on their Blog-Forum page.

As a comparison, the American Guild of Organists provides a suggested hours worksheet, which may assist in preparing organist fees.


Type of EventRate
$250 - $350. Add $50 for choir direction.
Wedding Rehearsal (During the week)$50 - $100
Church service (Locum/Substitute)$150 - $250. Add $50 for choir direction.
Choir rehearsal (During the week)$50 - $100
Church Organist/ChoirmasterClick here for Schedule of fees