Music Director and Composers Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

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.

Average Annual Salary of Music Directors and Composers

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$54,610
-4.60% 0.71%
2016
$57,120
4.46% -
2015
$54,570
-0.84% -
2014
$55,030
0.00% -
2013
$55,030
1.47% -
2012
$54,220
- -

Compare Music Director and Composers Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

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
$89,550
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$65,130
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
$56,710
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries
$56,680
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$54,900
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$54,100
Performing Arts Companies
$53,870

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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