National Salary Info » Music Directors and Composers

Highest Paying Industries for Music Directors and Composers

The top 35 highest paying industries 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 in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $69,570, advertising, public relations, and related services is the highest paying industry for music directors and composers. It is followed by junior colleges - local government owned industry (average annual salary $61,050). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of music directors and composers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 35 Highest Paying Industries for Music Directors and Composers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$69,570
30
2 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$61,050
130
3 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$60,720
370
4 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$56,880
140
5 Performing Arts Companies
$56,870
2,620
6 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$56,540
150
7 Educational Services - State government owned
$55,930
160
8 State government, including schools and hospitals
$55,680
160
9 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$55,480
3,060
10 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$55,030
3,100
11 Sound Recording Industries
$54,860
170
12 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,560
40
13 Civic and Social Organizations
$54,380
n/a
14 Information
$52,770
710
15 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$51,510
410
16 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$51,110
9,650
17 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$51,020
9,480
18 Educational Services - Local government owned
$50,640
9,310
19 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$50,610
9,190
20 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$49,670
270
21 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$49,620
340
22 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$49,460
12,120
23 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$49,400
340
24 Educational Services
$49,320
12,900
25 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$45,790
70
26 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$45,520
2,930
27 Educational Services - Privately owned
$45,180
3,430
28 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$43,570
300
29 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$43,570
300
30 Radio Broadcasting
$40,730
230
31 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$39,770
4,900
32 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,770
4,900
33 Religious Organizations
$39,240
4,740
34 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$36,970
230
35 Other Schools and Instruction
$36,970
230
See also: Highest paying cities for music directors and composers.