Music Director and Composers Salary Information in Illinois

The average annual and hourly salaries for music directors and composers in the state of Illinois are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of music directors and composers among Illinois metropolitan areas 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,760
25th Percentile Wage
$29,540
50th Percentile Wage
$44,050
75th Percentile Wage
$61,410
90th Percentile Wage
$86,670

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $86,670. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $44,050. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,760.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$9.02
25th Percentile Wage
$14.20
50th Percentile Wage
$21.18
75th Percentile Wage
$29.53
90th Percentile Wage
$41.67

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for music directors and composers in Illinois in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $41.67. The median hourly salary is $21.18. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $9.02.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201644,050-23.04%-13.85%
201554,2001.00%-
201453,6601.04%-
201353,1005.56%-
201250,150--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of music directors and composers in some Illinois cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of music directors and composers in state of Illinois ranges from $30,570 to $49,200. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in Illinois is Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $49,200. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Peoria (mean annual salary $46,090). The lowest paying area is Rockford with a median annual salary of $30,570.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$49,200
Peoria
$46,090
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$44,580
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$43,580
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$43,280
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$41,470
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$40,430
Rockford
$30,570


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