The salary statistics of music directors and composers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare music director and composers salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$19,490|
|25th Percentile Wage||$33,340|
|50th Percentile Wage||$54,610|
|75th Percentile Wage||$84,570|
|90th Percentile Wage||$146,740|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) music directors and composers is $146,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid music directors and composers is $19,490.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of music directors and composers in seven industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for music director and composers occupations is the theater companies and dinner theaters industry with an annual salary $89,550. The lowest paying industry is the performing arts companies industry (annual salary $53,870). For detailed music director and composers salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.
|Industry Name||Median Annual Salary|
|Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters|| |
|Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events|| |
|Other Amusement and Recreation Industries|| |
|Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries|| |
|Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers|| |
|Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries|| |
|Performing Arts Companies|| |
Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 .