Salary for Music Composers and Arrangers

This occupation has now been updated to Music Directors and Composers

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 can receive salaries ranging between $23,890 to $124,390 based on education and experience. will normally get an average salary of sixty-five thousand seven hundred and twenty dollars every year.

can receive the best pay in Hawaii, where they receive pay levels, on average, of approximately $91,030. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they earn pay of $69,090.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 50.74 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Music Composers and Arrangers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$92,560
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$69,090
Educational Services
$62,340
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$60,710
Public Administration
$56,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,510

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Health Care and Social Assistance
$44,550
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,510
Public Administration
$56,540
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$60,710
Educational Services
$62,340
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$69,090