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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Educational Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
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|
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|Rhode Island|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New York|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|District of Columbia|| |