Music Director and Composers Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for music directors and composers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of music directors and composers among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Music Directors and Composers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,370
25th Percentile Wage
$38,160
50th Percentile Wage
$51,860
75th Percentile Wage
$71,720
90th Percentile Wage
$101,810

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $101,810. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $51,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,370.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$51,860
0.85% -7.27%
2016
$51,420
-8.27% -
2015
$55,670
4.40% -
2014
$53,220
-5.71% -
2013
$56,260
1.12% -
2012
$55,630
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Music Directors and Composers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of music directors and composers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of music directors and composers in state of California ranges from $43,110 to $68,390. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in California is Bakersfield-Delano with a median annual salary of $68,390. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta (mean annual salary $60,480). The lowest paying area is Santa Cruz-Watsonville with a median annual salary of $43,110.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Bakersfield-Delano
$68,390
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$60,480
Modesto
$60,010
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$59,200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$58,330
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$57,980
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$57,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$56,580
Vallejo-Fairfield
$56,000
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$55,800
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$55,730
El Centro
$53,970
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$53,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$53,740
Visalia-Porterville
$53,340
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$52,080
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,780
Fresno
$51,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$49,360
Salinas
$48,380
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$48,160
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$44,830
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$43,110




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