Music Director and Composers Salary Information in New York

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

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,160
25th Percentile Wage
$35,340
50th Percentile Wage
$55,300
75th Percentile Wage
$105,450
90th Percentile Wage
$136,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers in New York in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $136,140. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $55,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,160.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$10.17
25th Percentile Wage
$16.98
50th Percentile Wage
$26.58
75th Percentile Wage
$50.70
90th Percentile Wage
$65.45

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for music directors and composers in New York in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $65.45. The median hourly salary is $26.58. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $10.17.

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
201655,3002.75%-1.34%
201553,7800.30%-
201453,620-1.68%-
201354,520-2.79%-
201256,040--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of music directors and composers in some New York cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of music directors and composers in state of New York ranges from $19,550 to $79,760. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in New York is Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown with a median annual salary of $79,760. The second highest paying city/area in New York State is New York-White Plains-Wayne (mean annual salary $75,530). The lowest paying area is Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $19,550.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$79,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$75,530
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$65,060
Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
$59,910
Nassau-Suffolk
$58,850
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$55,870
Syracuse
$54,500
Glens Falls
$48,630
Utica-Rome
$47,040
Rochester
$46,060
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$45,080
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$35,100
Binghamton
$32,830
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$19,550


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