Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
15,400 3.2 % $29.56 $61,490 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.10 $16.49 $24.32 $34.30 $52.55
Annual Wage (2) $21,010 $34,290 $50,590 $71,350 $109,300


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 6,100 0.07 $27.90 $58,030
Religious Organizations 4,430 2.29 $26.64 $55,420
Performing Arts Companies 2,500 1.97 $34.35 $71,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 500 0.02 $32.46 $67,510
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 380 0.73 $34.52 $71,810

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 4,430 2.29 $26.64 $55,420
Performing Arts Companies 2,500 1.97 $34.35 $71,450
Sound Recording Industries 170 1.01 $34.36 $71,480
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 380 0.73 $34.52 $71,810
Motion Picture and Video Industries 370 0.09 (8) (8)

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 380 0.73 $34.52 $71,810
Sound Recording Industries 170 1.01 $34.36 $71,480
Performing Arts Companies 2,500 1.97 $34.35 $71,450
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 90 0.07 $33.93 $70,570
Junior Colleges 110 0.02 $32.82 $68,270


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 2,920 0.32 2.94 $37.43 $77,850
California 1,850 0.11 1.02 $29.08 $60,480
Texas 940 0.08 0.73 $27.44 $57,070
Ohio 820 0.15 1.42 $30.23 $62,870
Oregon 790 0.43 3.97 $21.50 $44,730




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 790 0.43 3.97 $21.50 $44,730
Montana 170 0.38 3.47 $13.80 $28,700
New York 2,920 0.32 2.94 $37.43 $77,850
Hawaii 160 0.25 2.32 $19.61 $40,780
Vermont 70 0.22 1.99 $26.26 $54,620




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 250 0.09 0.82 $40.80 $84,860
New Jersey 260 0.06 0.59 $38.21 $79,470
New York 2,920 0.32 2.94 $37.43 $77,850
Florida 760 0.09 0.84 $35.89 $74,640
Maryland 90 0.03 0.30 $35.05 $72,910



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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 1,590 0.24 2.20 $39.39 $81,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 480 0.11 1.01 $30.01 $62,410
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 430 0.37 3.44 $20.71 $43,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 400 0.11 1.01 $23.81 $49,520
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 370 0.29 2.65 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 270 0.15 1.34 $33.96 $70,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.10 0.94 $29.02 $60,360
Rochester, NY 240 0.46 4.30 $29.27 $60,880
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.19 1.76 $32.57 $67,740
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 210 0.07 0.66 $26.46 $55,040


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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)
Billings, MT 60 0.67 6.18 $11.46 $23,830
Salem, OR 90 0.56 5.19 $25.61 $53,260
Rochester, NY 240 0.46 4.30 $29.27 $60,880
Medford, OR 40 0.46 4.30 $20.18 $41,970
Eugene, OR 60 0.42 3.86 $21.23 $44,160
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.37 3.46 $22.46 $46,710
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 430 0.37 3.44 $20.71 $43,070
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 200 0.36 3.31 $17.63 $36,660
Visalia-Porterville, CA 50 0.35 3.20 $22.50 $46,810
Longview, TX 30 0.35 3.21 $22.88 $47,600


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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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 150 0.08 0.70 $52.52 $109,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,590 0.24 2.20 $39.39 $81,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.54 $38.26 $79,590
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 190 0.19 1.73 $36.32 $75,550
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 50 0.03 0.31 $36.08 $75,050
Columbus, OH 100 0.10 0.90 $34.03 $70,780
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 270 0.15 1.34 $33.96 $70,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 140 0.05 0.50 $33.80 $70,300
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 80 0.08 0.76 $32.75 $68,110
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.19 1.76 $32.57 $67,740

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 New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.69 6.36 $15.35 $31,940
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 90 0.27 2.51 $26.81 $55,770
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 4.89 (8) (8)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.60 5.54 $20.78 $43,220
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 1.67 $26.74 $55,610

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)
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.16 10.73 $27.14 $56,440
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.69 6.36 $15.35 $31,940
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.60 5.54 $20.78 $43,220
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 4.89 (8) (8)
Southwest Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 4.33 $25.20 $52,420

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)
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.93 $27.92 $58,070
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.93 $27.62 $57,450
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.60 $27.33 $56,850
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.16 10.73 $27.14 $56,440
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 90 0.27 2.51 $26.81 $55,770


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018