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 among New York 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,190
25th Percentile Wage
$35,210
50th Percentile Wage
$56,610
75th Percentile Wage
$99,400
90th Percentile Wage
$137,980

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 $137,980. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $56,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,190.

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
$56,610
2.31% 1.01%
2016
$55,300
2.75% -
2015
$53,780
0.30% -
2014
$53,620
-1.68% -
2013
$54,520
-2.79% -
2012
$56,040
- -

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 $19,820 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 East Central New York nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $19,820.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown
$79,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne
$75,530
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island
$65,650
Capital-Northern New York nonmetropolitan area
$59,910
Albany-Schenectady-Troy
$59,400
Nassau-Suffolk
$58,850
Utica-Rome
$52,510
Rochester
$50,990
Glens Falls
$48,630
Syracuse
$47,170
Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$37,510
Buffalo-Niagara Falls
$35,050
Binghamton
$32,830
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area
$20,190
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area
$19,820




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