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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

27-2041 Music Directors and Composers

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical artists or groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs; or create original works of music.


National estimates for Music Directors and Composers
Industry profile for Music Directors and Composers
Geographic profile for Music Directors and Composers

National estimates for Music Directors and Composers: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Music Directors and Composers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
9,200 5.3 % $ 31.60 $ 65,720 4.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Music Directors and Composers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.49 $ 16.34 $ 25.12 $ 36.54 $ 59.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,890 $ 33,990 $ 52,250 $ 76,000 $ 124,390


Industry profile for Music Directors and Composers: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Music Directors and Composers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Music Directors and Composers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Music Directors and Composers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 3,690 1.96 $ 29.26 $ 60,860
Performing Arts Companies 2,360 2.31 $ 32.81 $ 68,240
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,390 0.02 $ 28.53 $ 59,340
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 510 0.02 $ 33.37 $ 69,410
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 230 0.47 $ 35.50 $ 73,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Music Directors and Composers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 2,360 2.31 $ 32.81 $ 68,240
Religious Organizations 3,690 1.96 $ 29.26 $ 60,860
Sound Recording Industries 130 0.74 $ 30.33 $ 63,090
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 230 0.47 $ 35.50 $ 73,850
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 90 0.08 $ 42.01 $ 87,390

Top paying industries for Music Directors and Composers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 90 0.08 $ 42.01 $ 87,390
Junior Colleges 60 0.01 $ 40.36 $ 83,960
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 230 0.47 $ 35.50 $ 73,850
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 510 0.02 $ 33.37 $ 69,410
Performing Arts Companies 2,360 2.31 $ 32.81 $ 68,240


Geographic profile for Music Directors and Composers: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Music Directors and Composers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Music Directors and Composers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Music Directors and Composers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,070 0.24 3.60 $ 39.19 $ 81,520
California 870 0.05 0.80 $ 34.79 $ 72,360
Texas 750 0.06 0.93 $ 31.47 $ 65,450
Oregon 590 0.33 4.95 $ 23.31 $ 48,480
Ohio 470 0.09 1.39 $ 28.85 $ 60,010




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Music Directors and Composers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 590 0.33 4.95 $ 23.31 $ 48,480
Montana 140 0.32 4.79 $ 13.03 $ 27,110
Idaho 180 0.25 3.73 $ 37.21 $ 77,410
New York 2,070 0.24 3.60 $ 39.19 $ 81,520
District of Columbia 140 0.20 3.04 (8) (8)




Top paying states for Music Directors and Composers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 80 0.13 1.98 $ 43.76 $ 91,030
New York 2,070 0.24 3.60 $ 39.19 $ 81,520
Idaho 180 0.25 3.73 $ 37.21 $ 77,410
Indiana 110 0.04 0.55 $ 36.03 $ 74,950
Georgia 50 0.01 0.16 $ 35.58 $ 74,010





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Music Directors and Composers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,560 0.18 2.68 $ 42.89 $ 89,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.28 4.21 $ 23.14 $ 48,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 280 0.05 0.72 $ 33.83 $ 70,370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 260 0.08 1.28 $ 40.27 $ 83,760
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 250 0.06 0.87 $ 26.26 $ 54,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 230 0.08 1.15 $ 29.80 $ 61,990
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 220 0.06 0.94 $ 34.08 $ 70,880
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 210 0.11 1.63 $ 27.94 $ 58,120
Rochester, NY 210 0.43 6.55 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 1.10 $ 38.26 $ 79,580




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Music Directors and Composers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Binghamton, NY 70 0.72 10.95 $ 14.99 $ 31,180
Medford, OR 50 0.62 9.35 $ 21.26 $ 44,230
Billings, MT 50 0.59 8.89 $ 11.01 $ 22,910
Bend-Redmond, OR 40 0.54 8.20 $ 23.62 $ 49,140
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 70 0.53 8.08 $ 26.11 $ 54,320
Boise City, ID 170 0.49 7.47 (8) (8)
Rochester, NY 210 0.43 6.55 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Eugene, OR 60 0.43 6.46 $ 30.21 $ 62,830
Salem, OR 50 0.29 4.35 $ 16.55 $ 34,430
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.28 4.21 $ 23.14 $ 48,130




Top paying metropolitan areas for Music Directors and Composers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,560 0.18 2.68 $ 42.89 $ 89,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 260 0.08 1.28 $ 40.27 $ 83,760
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.07 1.10 $ 38.26 $ 79,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 40 0.01 0.20 $ 37.39 $ 77,770
Austin-Round Rock, TX 50 0.04 0.65 $ 36.97 $ 76,910
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 220 0.06 0.94 $ 34.08 $ 70,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 280 0.05 0.72 $ 33.83 $ 70,370
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.03 0.40 $ 32.95 $ 68,550
Syracuse, NY 60 0.20 3.02 $ 32.61 $ 67,820
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.07 1.03 $ 32.07 $ 66,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Music Directors and Composers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 3.89 $ 24.30 $ 50,550
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 5.13 $ 16.22 $ 33,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Music Directors and Composers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 5.13 $ 16.22 $ 33,730
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 3.89 $ 24.30 $ 50,550

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Music Directors and Composers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 27.90 $ 58,020
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.26 3.89 $ 24.30 $ 50,550
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 5.13 $ 16.22 $ 33,730


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021