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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

27-2042 Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
41,130 2.9 % $39.96 (4) 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.11 $17.48 $30.39 $50.76 $80.70
  (4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 20,260 15.17 $45.61 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,800 4.38 $35.91 (4)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2,070 0.02 $26.65 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,030 0.07 $28.79 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,920 1.23 $47.11 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 20,260 15.17 $45.61 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,800 4.38 $35.91 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,560 2.92 $34.28 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 320 1.74 (8) (8)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,920 1.23 $47.11 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,920 1.23 $47.11 (4)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 300 0.01 $45.91 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 20,260 15.17 $45.61 (4)
Individual and Family Services (8) (8) $42.24 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,800 4.38 $35.91 (4)


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,580 0.80 2.84 $42.10 (4)
California 5,890 0.34 1.21 $45.57 (4)
Tennessee 2,170 0.72 2.58 $41.90 (4)
Illinois 2,070 0.34 1.23 $40.15 (4)
Texas 1,790 0.14 0.51 $33.89 (4)




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 740 1.16 4.16 $39.50 (4)
New York 7,580 0.80 2.84 $42.10 (4)
Tennessee 2,170 0.72 2.58 $41.90 (4)
Oregon 1,100 0.58 2.06 $31.10 (4)
Rhode Island 270 0.57 2.02 $35.77 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Georgia 810 0.18 0.64 $62.85 (4)
Nevada 460 0.33 1.17 $46.90 (4)
California 5,890 0.34 1.21 $45.57 (4)
Massachusetts 1,020 0.28 1.01 $43.57 (4)
New Jersey 1,060 0.26 0.93 $43.38 (4)





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

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 6,740 0.70 2.49 $44.84 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,480 0.56 1.99 $46.44 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,770 1.78 6.34 $42.76 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,770 0.38 1.35 $39.22 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,030 0.41 1.48 $49.70 (4)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 930 0.33 1.19 $43.88 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 720 0.23 0.81 $39.24 (4)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 660 0.24 0.86 (8) (8)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 600 0.30 1.07 $34.87 (4)
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 540 0.19 0.67 $36.91 (4)




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,770 1.78 6.34 $42.76 (4)
Eugene, OR 260 1.67 5.97 $26.81 (4)
Great Falls, MT 60 1.64 5.86 $16.89 (4)
Albany, OR 70 1.59 5.67 $14.07 (4)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 100 1.35 4.81 $33.35 (4)
Urban Honolulu, HI 450 0.98 3.51 $35.98 (4)
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 500 0.91 3.26 $32.07 (4)
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 120 0.88 3.15 (8) (8)
Rochester, NY 450 0.86 3.08 $29.79 (4)
Trenton, NJ 200 0.84 3.01 $58.78 (4)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Trenton, NJ 200 0.84 3.01 $58.78 (4)
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC (8) (8) (8) $56.23 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 400 0.38 1.34 $51.82 (4)
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 80 0.41 1.46 $50.17 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,030 0.41 1.48 $49.70 (4)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 320 0.31 1.12 $48.25 (4)
Chattanooga, TN-GA (8) (8) (8) $47.39 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,480 0.56 1.99 $46.44 (4)
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI (8) (8) (8) $45.80 (4)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 440 0.17 0.60 $45.76 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 190 1.84 6.58 $51.33 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 180 2.37 8.45 $25.27 (4)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.28 1.00 $18.34 (4)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 2.91 (8) (8)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 2.85 $25.15 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 180 2.37 8.45 $25.27 (4)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 190 1.84 6.58 $51.33 (4)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 2.91 (8) (8)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 0.80 2.85 $25.15 (4)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 1.44 $28.39 (4)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 190 1.84 6.58 $51.33 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 1.21 $37.24 (4)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 0.89 $30.90 (4)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.40 1.44 $28.39 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 180 2.37 8.45 $25.27 (4)


About May 2019 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.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020