Salary for Music Directors

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 a wage somewhere between 40000 - 60000 depending on education and tenure levels. Music Directors will usually earn salaries of Fifty Four Thousand Four Hundred dollars yearly.

Music Directors have the highest average potential salary in Nevada, which has average wages of about $99210. People with these jobs can get the best pay in Public Administration, where they earn compensation, on average, of $77050.

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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 Directors 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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