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Highest Paying Cities for Music Directors and Composers

The top 100 highest paying cities for music directors and composers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of music directors and composers in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $81,820, Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin is the highest paying city for music directors and composers. It is followed by Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York (average annual salary $79,760). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of music directors and composers in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Music Directors and Composers

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$81,820
150
2 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York
$79,760
150
3 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$75,530
1,770
4 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$74,870
40
5 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$74,620
210
6 Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$69,470
30
7 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$68,390
30
8 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$67,330
110
9 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$65,060
2,420
10 Worcester, Massachusetts
$64,530
30
11 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$63,410
200
12 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$62,900
100
13 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$62,540
120
14 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$62,240
270
15 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$62,170
240
16 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$61,400
140
17 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$61,230
190
18 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$60,480
40
19 Spartanburg, South Carolina
$60,440
50
20 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$60,380
60
21 Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area, New York
$59,910
100
22 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$58,850
490
23 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$58,810
390
24 Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$58,680
40
25 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$57,980
40
26 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$57,890
340
27 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$57,820
250
28 Visalia-Porterville, California
$57,390
40
29 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$57,130
100
30 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$57,020
210
31 Akron, Ohio
$56,980
30
32 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$56,840
470
33 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$56,730
170
34 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$56,580
810
35 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$56,560
80
36 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$56,270
50
37 North Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$56,160
40
38 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$56,000
n/a
39 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$55,870
110
40 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$55,800
230
41 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$55,310
220
42 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan
$55,210
150
43 West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$55,200
50
44 El Paso, Texas
$55,170
120
45 Jackson, Mississippi
$55,140
30
46 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$55,070
80
47 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$55,040
100
48 West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$55,010
50
49 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
$54,990
80
50 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$54,880
40
51 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$54,710
30
52 Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$54,560
100
53 Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$54,510
30
54 Syracuse, New York
$54,500
120
55 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$54,400
240
56 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$54,310
40
57 Springfield, Massachusetts
$54,090
30
58 Central Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$54,060
40
59 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa
$53,760
40
60 Wilmington, New Jersey
$53,710
40
61 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$53,650
90
62 Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan
$53,640
50
63 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$53,540
190
64 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$53,430
180
65 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$53,250
260
66 Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$53,230
30
67 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$52,950
100
68 Kansas City, Missouri
$52,700
70
69 Salem, Oregon
$52,390
120
70 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$52,240
70
71 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$52,190
60
72 Sioux City, South Dakota
$52,060
40
73 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$52,000
40
74 Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$51,910
40
75 North Idaho nonmetropolitan area, Idaho
$51,840
30
76 Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$51,570
30
77 South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$51,380
50
78 Columbus, Ohio
$51,380
160
79 Fresno, California
$51,150
30
80 Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area, Mississippi
$51,130
40
81 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$51,080
80
82 Mobile, Alabama
$50,980
30
83 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$50,700
180
84 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$50,500
70
85 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$50,420
740
86 Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
$50,270
40
87 Madison, Wisconsin
$50,260
40
88 Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$50,150
30
89 Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky
$50,120
60
90 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$50,040
120
91 Camden, New Jersey
$49,820
n/a
92 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$49,690
250
93 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$49,400
210
94 Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska
$49,310
100
95 Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area, Illinois
$49,200
30
96 Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$49,070
40
97 Richmond, Virginia
$48,720
40
98 Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area, New Mexico
$48,690
40
99 Glens Falls, New York
$48,630
40
100 Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida
$48,510
60
See also: Highest paying industries for music directors and composers.