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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|El Centro|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |