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Compensation Guidelines for 2009–2010

The Executive Board of the Atlanta Chapter endorses the following statements:

1. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, professional leave, social security, health care, music or books, dues to professional organizations, and continuing education. Part-time employees with no benefits should receive 10% more than guidelines. The following are recommended BASE salaries.

Level of Training
40 Hours
30 Hours
20 Hours
10+ Hours
Service Playing
certificate
37,599 - 50,409
27,685 - 37,599
20,166 - 27,685
10,592 - 14,695
Bachelor's Degree or
ChM or CAGO certificate
47,469 - 62,498
34,353 - 47,469
24,953 - 34,353
12,985 - 18,111
Master's Degree or
AAGO certificate
54,005 - 72,116
39,643 - 54,005
28,856 - 39,643
15,039 - 20,876
Doctorate Degree or
FAGO certification
60,836 - 81,177
44,605 - 60,836
32,473 - 44,605
17,095 - 23,413

2. Suggested fees for supply/substitute musicians

 

Organist or Director

Organist/Director

One service / no rehearsal

$150 - $200
$225 - $300

Two services / no rehearsal

$225 - $300
$275 - $350

One service / mid-week rehearsal

$225 - $275
$300 - $350

Two services / mid-week rehearsal

$300 - $350
$350 - $400

3. Suggested fees for wedding related activities


Wedding/Consultation
$175 - $300
Rehearsal with Wedding Party
$50 - $100
Rehearsal with another musician (per rehearsal)
$30 - $50

4. The suggested fee range for funerals is $100-$225. When the funeral service takes on the demands of a regular service, with or without additional rehearsals, the fee guidelines in #2 above should be used. Funeral homes often include music in their overall fee; please inquire.

5. A contract should document the interests of both parties. A job description represents only one side.

6. The AGO has detailed steps to take when ethics are violated. The musician must initiate the process with AGO.

7. Faulty relationships bring about more job terminations than faulty skills.

 
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