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 amongst Illinois 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 Illinois

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,030
25th Percentile Wage
$23,130
50th Percentile Wage
$41,950
75th Percentile Wage
$59,230
90th Percentile Wage
$83,310

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 $83,310. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,030.

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
$41,950
-5.01% -19.55%
2016
$44,050
-23.04% -
2015
$54,200
1.00% -
2014
$53,660
1.04% -
2013
$53,100
5.56% -
2012
$50,150
- -

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 $50,120. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in Illinois is Champaign-Urbana with a median annual salary of $50,120. The second highest paying city/area in Illinois State is Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (mean annual salary $49,200). The lowest paying area is Rockford with a median annual salary of $30,570.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Champaign-Urbana
$50,120
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$49,200
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$44,580
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area)
$44,440
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division)
$43,350
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$41,470
Peoria
$40,440
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area
$40,430
Kankakee-Bradley
$39,800
Rockford
$30,570




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