Music Director and Composers Salary Information in Iowa

The average annual and hourly salaries for music directors and composers in the state of Iowa are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of music directors and composers among Iowa cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Music Directors and Composers in Iowa

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,290
25th Percentile Wage
$35,720
50th Percentile Wage
$52,590
75th Percentile Wage
$63,310
90th Percentile Wage
$92,220

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers in Iowa in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $92,220. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $52,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,290.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$52,590
-8.75% 14.09%
2016
$57,190
16.73% -
2015
$47,620
3.25% -
2014
$46,070
0.87% -
2013
$45,670
1.07% -
2012
$45,180
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Music Directors and Composers in Iowa Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of music directors and composers in some Iowa cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of music directors and composers in state of Iowa ranges from $41,800 to $54,710. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in Iowa is Des Moines-West Des Moines with a median annual salary of $54,710. The second highest paying city/area in Iowa State is Davenport-Moline-Rock Island (mean annual salary $53,760). The lowest paying area is Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $41,800.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Des Moines-West Des Moines
$54,710
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island
$53,760
Waterloo-Cedar Falls
$46,940
Dubuque
$46,610
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$45,640
Cedar Rapids
$44,470
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$44,100
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$41,970
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area
$41,800




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