Salary for Musicians, Instrumental

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This occupation has now been updated to Musicians and Singers

Also known as:  Accompanist, Baritone, Bassoonist, Bugler, Cellist, Choir Member, Church Organist, Clarinetist, Concert Pianist, Concert Singer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Instrumental musicians must be able to sight read or memorize music, and often transpose pieces from one key to another. They may specialize in types of music or families of instruments, and may be capable of playing numerous instruments. These professionals must rehearse regularly. Their performances may be live or recorded, and they may perform as solo artists or as parts of groups or ensembles. They may also be required to attend promotional events or give public interviews. While high school diplomas are not required for this field, specialized musical education may be necessary, and many musicians choose to pursue college and/or graduate education.

A Musician can receive salaries ranging between $0 to $208,000 based on the level of experience. usually receive average salaries of zero dollars yearly.

are compensated highest in Alabama, where they can get average job salaries of close to about $0. Employees who work in this career can make the most money in Information, where they can receive wages of $0.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 71.39 percent nationwide in that time.


Musicians, Instrumental tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
Public Administration
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Accommodation and Food Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services
Public Administration
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