Salary for Music Composers and Arrangers

Also known as:  Choir Director, Choirmaster, Chorus Master, Composer, Jingle Writer, Maestro, Music Adapter, Music Arranger, Music Copyist, Music Director

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The job of musci composers and arrangers is to write original musical compositions or modify existing music. They use a strong background in music theory to develop and score pieces which accommodate specific vocal and intrumental ranges, and may work with entertainment personnel to determine the nature, length and placement of musical scores for use in larger productions. These professionals may also collaborate directly with musicians, and often use computers and synthesizers in their work. Experimentation with various instruments, techniques and sounds is also common practice. Some college education is generally a requirement for this profession.

A Music Composer or Arranger gets a wage between 40000 and 60000 depending on education and experience. Music Composers and Arrangers can get an average wage of Fifty Four Thousand Four Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Music Composers and Arrangers are paid most highly in Nevada, where they can earn average compensation of approximating $99210. These people can make the most money in Public Administration, where they earn pay of $77050.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 24.06 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Music Composers and Arrangers tend to make the most in the following industries
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $77,050
Public Administration $57,610
Information $55,830
Educational Services $49,550
Other Services (except Public Administration) $48,630
Health Care and Social Assistance $33,570
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $33,570
Other Services (except Public Administration) $48,630
Educational Services $49,550
Information $55,830
Public Administration $57,610
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $77,050
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