Salary for Singers

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

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The job of a singer involves more than just memorizing and singing songs. These professionals train their voices with the help of voice teachers and coaches, modify music using knowledge of harmonics and vocal techniques, and music theory in order to maintain audience interest, compose songs and/or vocal arrangements, make or participate in studio recordings, and perform as soloists or as part of an ensemble or choir. These professionals may work in a variety of media, including television, radio, and live performance.

On average, professional singers can expect to earn about thirty dollars per hour, or approximately $45,000-$65,000 per year. However, the bulk of a creative professional's lifetime earning potential resides in contractual payments made for ownership and licensing of creative works. Because of this, singers have a wide discrepancy of pay levels, with some famous singers at the top of the most highly paid professionals in the country.

Singers are paid the highest in California, where they receive average pay scales of near $35. People with these jobs make the most money in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they can receive an average pay rate of $34.

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