Salary for Music Therapists

Also known as:  Certified Recreational Therapist, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, CTRS, Drama Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

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The role of a music therapist is to work under the direction of physicians in a patient's treatment team to develop indivdualized music therapy programs. They use music thrapy to assist clients with numerous conditions, including disabilities, mental problems, and illnesses. In addition to conducting musical therapy sessions, these individuals may analyze different music therapy techniques to determine effective approaches, and may develop new music therapy techniques based on their experiences.

A Music Therapist earns a wage of between 24000 - 36000 based on seniority. Music Therapists will normally receive a wage of Thirty Nine Thousand Four Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Music Therapists have the highest average potential salary in the District of Columbia, where they can get compensation, on average, of approximately $56910. These people have the highest pay levels in Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services, where they receive a compensation of $46300.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 14.82 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Music Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $46,300
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $45,640
Educational Services $44,170
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $37,040
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,450
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $32,450
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $37,040
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,240
Educational Services $44,170
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $45,640
Public Administration $46,300
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