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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 $60,620, Wyoming is the highest paying state for music directors and composers. It is followed by Massachusetts (average annual salary $59,740). 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 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 Wyoming
$60,620
$41,700 40
2 Massachusetts
$59,740
$22,740 500
3 Ohio
$58,650
$20,150 1,040
4 Iowa
$57,190
$36,010 110
5 Minnesota
$57,150
$33,160 280
6 Georgia
$56,660
$29,780 550
7 New Hampshire
$55,690
$19,480 60
8 Nebraska
$55,470
$22,630 90
9 New York
$55,300
$21,160 3,480
10 Virginia
$55,090
$23,520 580
11 Rhode Island
$54,060
$27,930 90
12 Washington
$53,660
$20,200 200
13 Wisconsin
$53,100
$19,180 210
14 Delaware
$52,970
$23,190 30
15 Florida
$52,500
$22,770 690
16 Missouri
$52,390
$31,820 180
17 California
$51,420
$25,110 2,430
18 Texas
$51,320
$32,610 1,150
19 Louisiana
$50,920
$29,600 80
20 Michigan
$50,580
$22,580 730
21 Maryland
$49,890
$22,020 110
22 Arkansas
$49,110
$26,390 60
23 Indiana
$48,420
$32,390 480
24 New Jersey
$48,020
$19,630 250
25 Mississippi
$47,890
$25,370 190
26 Connecticut
$47,610
$19,980 240
27 New Mexico
$46,010
$18,620 80
28 Kansas
$45,790
$32,710 260
29 North Carolina
$45,770
$32,640 200
30 Colorado
$45,380
$26,960 60
31 Illinois
$44,050
$18,760 780
32 Tennessee
$43,260
$31,530 320
33 Alabama
$41,900
$17,180 60
34 Kentucky
$41,460
$16,480 50
35 Pennsylvania
$41,240
$18,800 590
36 District of Columbia
$40,880
$21,850 100
37 South Carolina
$39,620
$17,430 240
38 Utah
$39,300
$24,760 220
39 Oregon
$38,810
$20,000 720
40 Oklahoma
$37,060
$25,280 160
41 Montana
$33,750
$17,700 170
42 Idaho
$33,730
$17,030 70
43 Arizona
$30,360
$17,820 110
44 Hawaii
$28,200
$18,150 160

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.