Salary for Musicians, Instrumental

Also known as:  Accompanist, Baritone, Bassoonist, Bugler, Cellist, Choir Member, Church Organist, Clarinetist, Concert Pianist, Concert Singer helps arts and communications professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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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.

The average wages for instrumental musicians is $30.43 per hour. This figure is highly variable based on location, with major demand for creative professionals being driven out of the entertainment districts of metropolitan areas, such as New York or Los Angeles.

Musicians, Instrumental have the best average pay in California, where they receive an average salary rate of approximating $35. These people have the highest pay levels in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they can earn average wages of $34.

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The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Musician, please select your state.
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.
Musicians, Instrumental 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