Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

27-2041 Music Directors and Composers

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.


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)
18,380 3.2 % $29.15 $60,630 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.01 $16.84 $24.09 $33.90 $51.30
Annual Wage (2) $20,820 $35,020 $50,110 $70,510 $106,700


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)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 8,340 0.10 $27.30 $56,790
Religious Organizations 4,720 2.47 $25.50 $53,040
Performing Arts Companies 2,740 2.17 $36.22 $75,330
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 470 0.02 $30.10 $62,610
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 420 0.77 $48.55 $100,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 4,720 2.47 $25.50 $53,040
Performing Arts Companies 2,740 2.17 $36.22 $75,330
Sound Recording Industries 190 1.10 $36.37 $75,650
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 420 0.77 $48.55 $100,990
Other Schools and Instruction 400 0.10 $23.55 $48,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 420 0.77 $48.55 $100,990
Sound Recording Industries 190 1.10 $36.37 $75,650
Performing Arts Companies 2,740 2.17 $36.22 $75,330
Junior Colleges 140 0.02 $34.86 $72,520
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 120 0.09 $30.72 $63,900


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 3,480 0.38 2.92 $37.87 $78,760
California 2,430 0.15 1.16 $27.68 $57,570
Texas 1,150 0.10 0.75 $27.83 $57,890
Ohio 1,040 0.20 1.49 $28.83 $59,960
Illinois 780 0.13 1.01 $23.74 $49,390




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 720 0.40 3.09 $22.35 $46,480
New York 3,480 0.38 2.92 $37.87 $78,760
Montana 170 0.36 2.77 (8) (8)
Hawaii 160 0.25 1.89 $16.40 $34,110
Vermont 60 0.20 1.55 $30.87 $64,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,480 0.38 2.92 $37.87 $78,760
Minnesota 280 0.10 0.77 $34.81 $72,410
Massachusetts 500 0.14 1.10 $32.74 $68,100
Vermont 60 0.20 1.55 $30.87 $64,220
Florida 690 0.08 0.64 $30.82 $64,110





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.27 2.07 $40.08 $83,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.18 1.34 $28.27 $58,810
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 490 0.38 2.92 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 0.85 $24.10 $50,130
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 340 0.19 1.42 $31.85 $66,250
Rochester, NY 300 0.59 4.53 $27.49 $57,190
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 270 0.36 2.78 $28.51 $59,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 260 0.09 0.68 $25.28 $52,590
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 260 0.23 1.73 $22.66 $47,130
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.23 1.75 $31.78 $66,100




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)
Bend-Redmond, OR 80 1.07 8.16 $22.59 $47,000
Salem, OR 120 0.77 5.88 $28.17 $58,590
Albany, OR 30 0.74 5.62 $15.90 $33,060
Billings, MT 60 0.67 5.12 (8) (8)
Rochester, NY 300 0.59 4.53 $27.49 $57,190
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 80 0.57 4.32 $49.27 $102,480
Eugene, OR 70 0.46 3.52 $21.07 $43,810
Syracuse, NY 120 0.38 2.93 $29.57 $61,510
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 490 0.38 2.92 (8) (8)
Utica-Rome, NY 40 0.37 2.83 $24.95 $51,910




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)
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 80 0.57 4.32 $49.27 $102,480
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.08 0.61 $45.31 $94,250
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 0.80 $41.97 $87,310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.27 2.07 $40.08 $83,360
Santa Fe, NM (8) (8) (8) $36.03 $74,950
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.34 2.58 $34.61 $72,000
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 210 0.21 1.58 $34.28 $71,300
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.42 $34.02 $70,760
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 110 0.07 0.55 $32.65 $67,910
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 340 0.19 1.42 $31.85 $66,250

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)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.89 6.82 $21.09 $43,870
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 4.59 $19.35 $40,260
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 5.35 $30.91 $64,300
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 2.81 $28.21 $58,670
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.22 1.65 $26.80 $55,740

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)
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.20 9.18 $32.52 $67,640
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.89 6.82 $21.09 $43,870
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 5.35 $30.91 $64,300
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.60 4.59 $19.35 $40,260
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 4.62 $23.76 $49,430

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)
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.20 9.18 $32.52 $67,640
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 5.35 $30.91 $64,300
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 2.81 $28.21 $58,670
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.16 1.20 $28.04 $58,320
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.67 $27.67 $57,560


About May 2016 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017