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Highest Paying States for Music Directors and Composers

The highest paying states 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 states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $69,990, Maryland is the highest paying state for music directors and composers. It is followed by Nevada (average annual salary $68,800). 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 state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Music Directors and Composers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Maryland
$69,990
$19,690 90
2 Nevada
$68,800
$57,830 80
3 Minnesota
$67,260
$30,430 250
4 New Jersey
$65,650
$31,650 260
5 Washington
$62,040
$29,410 160
6 Ohio
$61,770
$27,700 820
7 Wyoming
$60,620
$41,700 40
8 Rhode Island
$59,710
$31,150 50
9 Virginia
$58,380
$19,620 530
10 Massachusetts
$57,950
$22,900 390
11 New Hampshire
$57,300
$19,700 40
12 New York
$56,610
$20,190 2,920
13 Texas
$55,680
$35,120 940
14 Georgia
$55,440
$33,650 380
15 Delaware
$52,970
$23,190 30
16 Florida
$52,780
$21,910 760
17 Iowa
$52,590
$18,290 70
18 California
$51,860
$27,370 1,850
19 Wisconsin
$51,640
$17,880 130
20 Mississippi
$51,070
$32,960 140
21 North Carolina
$49,980
$17,870 170
22 Connecticut
$48,820
$21,020 200
23 Arkansas
$48,470
$32,410 30
24 Missouri
$48,050
$18,850 130
25 Indiana
$48,030
$33,510 280
26 Kansas
$48,030
$35,220 160
27 Nebraska
$46,720
$22,450 60
28 South Carolina
$46,670
$17,780 190
29 Louisiana
$46,650
$31,380 70
30 New Mexico
$46,510
$19,410 40
31 Michigan
$46,350
$20,080 680
32 Vermont
$44,040
$26,300 70
33 Tennessee
$43,260
$31,530 390
34 Illinois
$41,950
$19,030 750
35 Alabama
$41,900
$17,180 70
36 Oregon
$41,750
$22,880 790
37 Kentucky
$41,460
$16,480 50
38 District of Columbia
$40,880
$21,850 100
39 Hawaii
$40,630
$19,430 160
40 Utah
$39,600
$18,620 90
41 Oklahoma
$38,190
$25,890 140
42 Pennsylvania
$37,910
$19,630 460
43 Arizona
$37,280
$20,810 90
44 Colorado
$36,360
$19,360 80
45 Idaho
$35,430
$17,450 40
46 Alaska
$34,270
$20,630 30
47 Montana
$19,300
$17,580 170

Note: some states are missing from this table because the median salary information of music directors and composers in those states is not available at this time.

See also: Highest paying industries for music directors and composers, Top Paying Jobs in America.