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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
10,580 4.5 % $31.09 $64,670 4.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.10 $16.01 $24.84 $36.06 $60.19
Annual Wage (2) $23,100 $33,290 $51,670 $75,010 $125,200


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)
Religious Organizations 4,080 2.03 $27.89 $58,020
Performing Arts Companies 2,730 2.04 $33.34 $69,340
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,800 0.02 $29.52 $61,410
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 480 0.02 $32.46 $67,510
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 180 0.33 $34.86 $72,510

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 2,730 2.04 $33.34 $69,340
Religious Organizations 4,080 2.03 $27.89 $58,020
Sound Recording Industries 120 0.65 (8) (8)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 180 0.33 $34.86 $72,510
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 120 0.08 $48.12 $100,090

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 120 0.08 $48.12 $100,090
Employment Services 30 (7) $45.65 $94,950
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 $41.76 $86,870
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 180 0.33 $34.86 $72,510
Performing Arts Companies 2,730 2.04 $33.34 $69,340


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 2,490 0.26 3.63 $37.10 $77,160
California 870 0.05 0.69 $35.54 $73,930
Texas 860 0.07 0.96 $32.23 $67,040
Oregon 830 0.43 6.02 $21.83 $45,410
Florida 520 0.06 0.82 $37.24 $77,470




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)
Oregon 830 0.43 6.02 $21.83 $45,410
Montana 160 0.34 4.67 $13.71 $28,520
New York 2,490 0.26 3.63 $37.10 $77,160
Idaho 140 0.19 2.60 $38.36 $79,780
Hawaii 100 0.16 2.24 $38.69 $80,470




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 100 0.16 2.24 $38.69 $80,470
Idaho 140 0.19 2.60 $38.36 $79,780
Florida 520 0.06 0.82 $37.24 $77,470
New York 2,490 0.26 3.63 $37.10 $77,160
Maryland 50 0.02 0.26 $36.59 $76,110





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 1,940 0.20 2.79 $41.44 $86,190
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 550 0.46 6.36 $21.19 $44,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 250 0.08 1.11 $32.56 $67,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 250 0.07 0.94 $32.87 $68,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 240 0.04 0.54 $39.36 $81,880
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 240 0.05 0.71 $24.62 $51,210
Rochester, NY 210 0.40 5.57 $25.29 $52,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.08 1.16 $39.42 $81,990
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 180 0.09 1.25 $24.59 $51,150
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 170 0.32 4.39 $18.70 $38,900




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)
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 80 0.54 7.54 $25.61 $53,280
Medford, OR 50 0.52 7.26 $22.31 $46,390
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 550 0.46 6.36 $21.19 $44,080
Eugene, OR 70 0.44 6.17 $28.61 $59,520
Bend-Redmond, OR 40 0.42 5.82 $25.28 $52,580
Rochester, NY 210 0.40 5.57 $25.29 $52,600
Boise City, ID 130 0.39 5.42 (8) (8)
Binghamton, NY 40 0.37 5.20 $14.87 $30,930
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 170 0.32 4.39 $18.70 $38,900
Salem, OR 50 0.30 4.20 $17.18 $35,740




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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,940 0.20 2.79 $41.44 $86,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 210 0.08 1.16 $39.42 $81,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 240 0.04 0.54 $39.36 $81,880
Trenton, NJ 30 0.13 1.81 $36.41 $75,730
Urban Honolulu, HI 80 0.18 2.49 $36.22 $75,330
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 120 0.04 0.53 $34.12 $70,980
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 60 0.10 1.37 $34.02 $70,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 70 0.03 0.35 $33.96 $70,640
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 50 0.04 0.53 $33.55 $69,790
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 100 0.05 0.70 $33.38 $69,440

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 5.84 $17.90 $37,230
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 2.53 $23.24 $48,340
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 3.52 $17.12 $35,610

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 Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 5.84 $17.90 $37,230
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 3.52 $17.12 $35,610
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 2.53 $23.24 $48,340

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)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 2.53 $23.24 $48,340
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 5.84 $17.90 $37,230
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 3.52 $17.12 $35,610


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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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