Music Director and Composers Salary Information in Washington

The average annual and hourly salaries for music directors and composers in the state of Washington are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of music directors and composers among Washington 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,200
25th Percentile Wage
$30,790
50th Percentile Wage
$53,660
75th Percentile Wage
$81,470
90th Percentile Wage
$99,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for music directors and composers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $99,860. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $53,660. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,200.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$9.71
25th Percentile Wage
$14.80
50th Percentile Wage
$25.80
75th Percentile Wage
$39.17
90th Percentile Wage
$48.01

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for music directors and composers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $48.01. The median hourly salary is $25.80. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $9.71.

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. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2016.

YearMedian Salary Growth4-Year Growth
201653,660-16.49%4.34%
201562,51017.89%-
201251,330--

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of music directors and composers in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of music directors and composers in state of Washington ranges from $45,470 to $67,330. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $67,330. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $61,400). The lowest paying area is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $45,470.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$67,330
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$61,400
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$45,470


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