Salary for Music Directors

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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 role of music directors is to select, study, interpret and transcribe pieces of music for choral or instrumental group performance. These professionals use hand gestures to communicate to musical performers the tempo, tone, pitch, volume, and other important aspects of a piece of music during a performance. They direct groups in live and recorded performances, and may change the physical arrangement of musicians to achieve desired musical effects and harmonies. Additionally, these professionals plan and schedules rehearsals, and audition performers for musical ensembles. The majority hold Bachelor's degrees.

A Music Director can get salaries in a range of $23,890 and $124,390 based on level of experience. can get an average pay level of sixty-five thousand seven hundred and twenty dollars on an annual basis.

make the highest salary in Hawaii, where they get an average salary rate of close to $91,030. People in this job function can make the highest salaries in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they can earn job 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 Directors 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