Music Director and Composers Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for music directors and composers in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of music directors and composers amongst Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,630
25th Percentile Wage
$26,540
50th Percentile Wage
$37,910
75th Percentile Wage
$55,500
90th Percentile Wage
$77,680

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $77,680. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $37,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,630.

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
$37,910
-8.78% -21.37%
2016
$41,240
6.28% -
2015
$38,650
-8.75% -
2014
$42,030
-4.95% -
2013
$44,110
-4.31% -
2012
$46,010
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of music directors and composers in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of music directors and composers in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $18,400 to $55,200. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in Pennsylvania is West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $55,200. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Scranton--Wilkes-Barre (mean annual salary $54,760). The lowest paying area is Reading with a median annual salary of $18,400.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$55,200
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$54,760
Lancaster
$52,680
Philadelphia
$49,010
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$47,090
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$46,970
Newark-Union
$45,190
State College
$43,700
York-Hanover
$41,010
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$35,820
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$31,020
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$30,490
Pittsburgh
$29,810
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$23,400
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$19,140
Reading
$18,400




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