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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$29,410|
|25th Percentile Wage||$42,500|
|50th Percentile Wage||$62,040|
|75th Percentile Wage||$88,520|
|90th Percentile Wage||$104,920|
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 $104,920. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $62,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,410.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of music directors and composers from 2012 to 2017. Note that there is no salary data for some years between 2012 and 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Growth||5-Year Growth|
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 $41,290 to $78,540. The highest paying area for music directors and composers in Washington is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett with a median annual salary of $78,540. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (mean annual salary $72,060). The lowest paying area is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $41,290.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|