Salary for Musicians and Singers

Also known as:  Accompanist, Baritone, Bassoonist, Bugler, Cellist, Choir Member, Church Organist, Clarinetist, Concert Pianist, Concert Singer

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Musicians and singers have strong backgrounds in musical theory and technique. They perform for live audiences, on air, or for use in sound and video tracks. These individuals play one or more instruments and/or sing. Specialized training is available, but may not be required for these occupations.

The data below shows an average hourly earning for a singer of approxiamately $30 per hour. However, it should be mentioned that this average is according to hourly hire - meaning, the wage that you may expect to pay a professional singer and not the totality of residual earnings potential from creative works and licensing.

Musicians and Singers receive the highest compensation in California, where they get job pay of approximating $35. Employees with these job titles can obtain the highest pay in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they earn normal pay levels of $34.

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The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Musician or Singer, please select your state.
HOURLY RATE
SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.92 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Musicians and Singers tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $34
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $33
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $27
Other Services (except Public Administration) $22
Educational Services $22
Retail Trade $21
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $19
Accommodation and Food Services $21
Retail Trade $21
Educational Services $22
Other Services (except Public Administration) $22
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $27
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