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 amongst California cities 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,110
25th Percentile Wage
$40,940
50th Percentile Wage
$51,420
75th Percentile Wage
$67,880
90th Percentile Wage
$95,770

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 $95,770. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $51,420. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,110.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$12.07
25th Percentile Wage
$19.68
50th Percentile Wage
$24.72
75th Percentile Wage
$32.63
90th Percentile Wage
$46.04

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for music directors and composers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $46.04. The median hourly salary is $24.72. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $12.07.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201651,420-8.27%-8.19%
201555,6704.40%-
201453,220-5.71%-
201356,2601.12%-
201255,630--

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 $44,420 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $44,420.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Bakersfield-Delano
$68,390
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$60,480
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$57,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$57,820
Visalia-Porterville
$57,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$56,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$56,580
Vallejo-Fairfield
$56,000
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$55,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$53,650
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$53,540
Fresno
$51,150
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$50,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$50,420
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$49,400
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$44,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$44,420


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