Salary for Music Directors and Composers

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

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Music directors and composers require an indepth knowledge of music theory, composition, arrangement and direction. They plan, conduct, arrange, lead and compose performances by choirs, orchestras, philharmonics, bands, glee clubs, and other music groups. These professionals generally have at least some college training, and may have extensive training in music outside of formal classroom settings.

A Music Director and Composer can receive an average pay level of between $23,890 - $124,390 depending on education and tenure levels. can get an average wage of sixty-five thousand seven hundred and twenty dollars on an annual basis.

are paid at the highest level in Hawaii, where they can get average job salaries of approximately $91,030. These employees make the highest salary in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they receive compensation, on average, 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 Directors and Composers 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