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Music Director and Composers Salary Information

The salary statistics of music directors and composers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of music directors and composers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The music directors and composers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Music Director and Composers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,010
25th Percentile Wage
$34,290
50th Percentile Wage
$50,590
75th Percentile Wage
$71,350
90th Percentile Wage
$109,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) music directors and composers is $109,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,010. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 420% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$50,590
0.95% 6.40%
2016
$50,110
0.58% -
2015
$49,820
3.29% -
2014
$48,180
-0.31% -
2013
$48,330
2.03% -
2012
$47,350
- -

Table 2. Music Director and Composers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of music directors and composers in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for music directors and composers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $56,640. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $39,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$56,640
Educational Services
$54,640
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$54,610
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,560
Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$40,560
Health Care and Social Assistance
$39,030

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Music Directors and Composers by States

From the above tables we note that not only music directors and composers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of music directors and composers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,300 to $69,990. The highest paying state for music directors and composers is Maryland with a median annual salary of $69,990. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $19,300. For more salary information of music directors and composers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Maryland
$69,990
Nevada
$68,800
Minnesota
$67,260
New Jersey
$65,650
Washington
$62,040
Ohio
$61,770
Wyoming
$60,620
Rhode Island
$59,710
Virginia
$58,380
Massachusetts
$57,950
New Hampshire
$57,300
New York
$56,610
Texas
$55,680
Georgia
$55,440
Delaware
$52,970
Florida
$52,780
Iowa
$52,590
California
$51,860
Wisconsin
$51,640
Mississippi
$51,070
North Carolina
$49,980
Connecticut
$48,820
Arkansas
$48,470
Missouri
$48,050
Indiana
$48,030
Kansas
$48,030
Nebraska
$46,720
South Carolina
$46,670
Louisiana
$46,650
New Mexico
$46,510
Michigan
$46,350
Vermont
$44,040
Tennessee
$43,260
Illinois
$41,950
Alabama
$41,900
Oregon
$41,750
Kentucky
$41,460
District of Columbia
$40,880
Hawaii
$40,630
Utah
$39,600
Oklahoma
$38,190
Pennsylvania
$37,910
Arizona
$37,280
Colorado
$36,360
Idaho
$35,430
Alaska
$34,270
Montana
$19,300



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