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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,820
25th Percentile Wage
$35,020
50th Percentile Wage
$50,110
75th Percentile Wage
$70,510
90th Percentile Wage
$106,700

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 $106,700. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,820. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 412% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201650,1100.58%5.51%
201549,8203.29%-
201448,180-0.31%-
201348,3302.03%-
201247,350--

Table 2. Music Director and Composers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of music directors and composers in 6 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 arts, entertainment, and recreation sector with an annual salary $57,120. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $39,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$57,120
Information
$53,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,160
Educational Services
$53,130
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,900
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 $28,200 to $60,620. The highest paying state for music directors and composers is Wyoming with a median annual salary of $60,620. The lowest paying state is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $28,200. 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
Wyoming
$60,620
Massachusetts
$59,740
Ohio
$58,650
Iowa
$57,190
Minnesota
$57,150
Georgia
$56,660
New Hampshire
$55,690
Nebraska
$55,470
New York
$55,300
Virginia
$55,090
Rhode Island
$54,060
Washington
$53,660
Wisconsin
$53,100
Delaware
$52,970
Florida
$52,500
Missouri
$52,390
California
$51,420
Texas
$51,320
Louisiana
$50,920
Michigan
$50,580
Maryland
$49,890
Arkansas
$49,110
Indiana
$48,420
New Jersey
$48,020
Mississippi
$47,890
Connecticut
$47,610
New Mexico
$46,010
Kansas
$45,790
North Carolina
$45,770
Colorado
$45,380
Illinois
$44,050
Tennessee
$43,260
Alabama
$41,900
Kentucky
$41,460
Pennsylvania
$41,240
District of Columbia
$40,880
South Carolina
$39,620
Utah
$39,300
Oregon
$38,810
Oklahoma
$37,060
Montana
$33,750
Idaho
$33,730
Arizona
$30,360
Hawaii
$28,200


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