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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

27-2042 Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air 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)
41,680 3.4 % $37.51 (4) 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.40 $15.97 $28.15 $49.25 $73.34
  (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 20,390 15.64 $41.66 (4)
Religious Organizations 9,610 4.89 $36.23 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,230 0.07 $27.75 (4)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,960 0.02 $27.06 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,830 1.21 $38.43 (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 20,390 15.64 $41.66 (4)
Religious Organizations 9,610 4.89 $36.23 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,290 2.49 $29.53 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,830 1.21 $38.43 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 210 1.19 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 290 0.01 $45.96 (4)
Death Care Services 80 0.06 $44.14 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 20,390 15.64 $41.66 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,830 1.21 $38.43 (4)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $37.44 (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 7,840 0.83 2.90 $42.38 (4)
California 6,100 0.36 1.25 $39.47 (4)
Tennessee 2,270 0.77 2.66 (8) (8)
Texas 1,720 0.14 0.49 $32.11 (4)
Florida 1,660 0.19 0.67 $40.25 (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 630 0.98 3.39 $38.45 (4)
New York 7,840 0.83 2.90 $42.38 (4)
Tennessee 2,270 0.77 2.66 (8) (8)
Oregon 1,460 0.77 2.68 $28.99 (4)
Rhode Island 240 0.51 1.76 $30.85 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 480 0.36 1.24 $43.65 (4)
Massachusetts 890 0.25 0.87 $43.18 (4)
New York 7,840 0.83 2.90 $42.38 (4)
West Virginia 90 0.12 0.43 $41.77 (4)
South Carolina 550 0.27 0.93 $40.97 (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 7,050 0.74 2.58 $43.58 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,270 0.53 1.86 $39.01 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,920 1.98 6.87 $42.90 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,330 0.29 0.99 $33.94 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,250 0.52 1.80 $45.76 (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 820 0.69 2.38 $32.75 (4)
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 790 0.40 1.39 $30.24 (4)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 710 0.26 0.89 $42.87 (4)
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 640 0.32 1.12 $40.17 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 630 0.20 0.70 $35.24 (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 1,920 1.98 6.87 $42.90 (4)
Albany, OR 90 1.96 6.81 $13.33 (4)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 130 1.77 6.16 $29.01 (4)
Eugene, OR 220 1.43 4.96 $23.07 (4)
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 160 1.17 4.07 (8) (8)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 80 1.12 3.91 (8) (8)
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 500 0.91 3.16 $33.35 (4)
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 30 0.84 2.93 (8) (8)
Rochester, NY 430 0.84 2.92 $32.75 (4)
Urban Honolulu, HI 370 0.80 2.78 $37.34 (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)
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 80 0.42 1.44 $50.66 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 300 0.28 0.99 $47.96 (4)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 520 0.20 0.70 $46.98 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,250 0.52 1.80 $45.76 (4)
Reno, NV 90 0.39 1.37 $44.75 (4)
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 150 0.64 2.23 $44.52 (4)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 380 0.38 1.34 $43.93 (4)
Chattanooga, TN-GA 120 0.50 1.75 $43.85 (4)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 7,050 0.74 2.58 $43.58 (4)
Charleston, WV 40 0.38 1.33 $42.99 (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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 240 3.16 10.98 $32.74 (4)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 1.18 4.09 $27.05 (4)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 120 1.18 4.11 (8) (8)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 100 0.78 2.70 (8) (8)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 1.29 $31.54 (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 240 3.16 10.98 $32.74 (4)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 1.18 4.09 $27.05 (4)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 120 1.18 4.11 (8) (8)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 100 0.78 2.70 (8) (8)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 2.04 $34.45 (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)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.75 (4)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 2.04 $34.45 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 240 3.16 10.98 $32.74 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.37 1.29 $31.54 (4)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 130 1.18 4.09 $27.05 (4)


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019