(Closed) How much should I pay my altar boy?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our altar servers get paid a set amount determined by the church (it’s included in the overall fee we pay the church).  In the paperwork it says there will be two alter serves and they each get $20 a piece.  When you think about it, $20 for about an hour of work is pretty good pay for a younger person!  I think $40 is overly generous.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

do you need an altar boy?  we didn’t have one for our catholic ceremony.  the church never mentioned providing one.  if you do need one, I would think $15 – $20 is good.  Think about it, these people usually volunteer every Sunday.  They don’t get paid to do that (at least they didn’t at my church)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Maybe I am in the minority, but I think if someone is coming out specifically to do ME a favor, I think they should be rewarded well. Yes they do volunteer on Sundays, but that is for a specific mass purpose for their faith, not for a wedding for someone else.

I would give them $40 or $50.  If they got paid from the church (20 or whatever) then I would give them an additional small bonus, maybe a gift card.

In those types of situations, I always air on the side of genorisity, it will make the boy feel valued and you feel good!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with @Schatzie821….”error on the side of genorisity, it will make the boy feel valued and you feel good!”

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I did a lot of weddings when I was younger as an altar girl, and I was paid anywhere from $20-50 a wedding/funeral. Once the bride and groom didn’t pay though, and the priest pulled out his wallet and gave us $50 a piece (there were three of us) from his own money!! I’ll never forget the bride being stingy and the priest being so generous, even 10 years later.

I would give him $30-40 though. These kids go through tons of classes and are giving up a Saturday afternoon that they could be doing something else, and they really try hard to be respectful during the wedding.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

These kids CHOOSE to give up an hour on their saturday afternoons.. It’s not required of them.  If I were 11 years old and had a chance to make $20 an hour I’d drop everything to take the job.  Heck, there are adults out there who would jump at the chance to make $20 an hour in this economy.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We paid $20…it’s what the church outlined for every wedding.  Plus, I think of it as the same way as a babysitter…I’d expect the babysitter of my future children to be able to handle changing a diaper, heating a bottle, feeding, & calling me if anything went out of the ordinary (baby won’t eat or diaper is unusual) & I’d probably pay a sitter about $20/hour & wouldn’t pay too much more.  The classes altar servers take are a factor, but it’s the same kind of responsibility.

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