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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 $106,670, Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin is the highest paying city for music directors and composers. It is followed by Dutchess County-Putnam County, USA (average annual salary $101,380). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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
$106,670
150
2 Dutchess County-Putnam County, USA
$101,380
80
3 Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, USA
$85,520
40
4 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York
$79,760
150
5 Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Ohio
$79,650
190
6 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$78,540
100
7 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$75,530
1,770
8 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
$74,870
40
9 Columbus, Ohio
$72,830
100
10 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$72,390
50
11 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$72,060
120
12 Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area, Michigan
$69,470
30
13 San Rafael, USA
$69,220
40
14 Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio
$69,070
160
15 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
$68,950
70
16 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$68,390
30
17 Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, Florida
$65,680
30
18 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$65,650
2,060
19 Worcester, Massachusetts
$64,530
30
20 Spartanburg, South Carolina
$64,420
50
21 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$63,420
140
22 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$62,900
100
23 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$62,540
80
24 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia
$62,240
270
25 East Stroudsburg, USA
$61,940
n/a
26 New York-Jersey City-White Plains, USA
$61,250
1,590
27 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$60,480
40
28 Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island
$60,360
50
29 Modesto, California
$60,010
40
30 Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area, New York
$59,910
80
31 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$59,400
110
32 Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$59,200
n/a
33 Nassau-Suffolk, New York
$58,850
370
34 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$58,330
220
35 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$58,200
310
36 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$58,110
70
37 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
$58,040
80
38 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$57,990
30
39 Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Florida
$57,990
80
40 Bend, Oregon
$57,980
80
41 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
$57,980
40
42 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$57,850
270
43 Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$57,790
40
44 East Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$57,640
40
45 Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$57,510
30
46 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$57,390
80
47 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$57,330
400
48 Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey
$57,270
50
49 Ann Arbor, Michigan
$57,110
60
50 San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
$57,100
40
51 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
$57,020
260
52 Springfield, Ohio
$57,000
40
53 Akron, Ohio
$56,980
30
54 North Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$56,940
50
55 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$56,730
170
56 Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area, Massachusetts
$56,590
30
57 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$56,580
810
58 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$56,420
210
59 Vallejo-Fairfield, California
$56,000
n/a
60 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$55,800
230
61 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$55,730
50
62 Tacoma, Washington
$55,310
30
63 Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
$55,220
30
64 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$55,200
50
65 West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area, Pennsylvania
$55,200
50
66 El Paso, Texas
$55,170
120
67 Jackson, Mississippi
$55,140
30
68 West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$55,010
50
69 North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area, Texas
$54,830
50
70 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
$54,760
40
71 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$54,710
30
72 Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area, Wisconsin
$54,560
100
73 Mansfield, Ohio
$54,350
40
74 Norwich-New London, Rhode Island
$54,310
40
75 Springfield, Massachusetts
$54,090
30
76 El Centro, California
$53,970
30
77 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$53,810
150
78 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Iowa
$53,760
40
79 Kansas nonmetropolitan area, Kansas
$53,750
40
80 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$53,740
80
81 Wilmington, New Jersey
$53,710
40
82 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$53,430
130
83 Visalia-Porterville, California
$53,340
50
84 Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$53,230
30
85 Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
$53,210
30
86 Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan
$53,180
50
87 Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area, Ohio
$53,150
n/a
88 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
$52,680
30
89 Utica-Rome, New York
$52,510
40
90 South Georgia nonmetropolitan area, Georgia
$52,420
40
91 Flint, Michigan
$52,420
30
92 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$52,340
60
93 West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Florida
$52,240
80
94 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$52,080
160
95 Sioux City, South Dakota
$52,060
40
96 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$52,000
40
97 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$51,920
100
98 Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area, Oregon
$51,910
40
99 North Idaho nonmetropolitan area, Idaho
$51,840
30
100 North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area, California
$51,780
40
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