Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
40,110 3.0 % $34.56 (4) 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.33 $14.02 $25.14 $47.21 $68.13
  (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 20,770 16.50 $36.56 (4)
Religious Organizations 9,210 4.81 $35.20 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,280 0.08 $26.37 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,250 0.95 $40.06 (4)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,230 0.01 $26.98 (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 20,770 16.50 $36.56 (4)
Religious Organizations 9,210 4.81 $35.20 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 880 1.64 $28.43 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 250 1.47 $35.68 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,250 0.95 $40.06 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries (8) (8) $43.46 (4)
Death Care Services 100 0.07 $43.44 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 230 0.05 $43.04 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,250 0.95 $40.06 (4)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 170 0.71 $40.00 (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)
California 7,280 0.46 1.60 $37.72 (4)
New York 6,610 0.73 2.54 $47.79 (4)
Florida 1,740 0.21 0.74 $31.91 (4)
Tennessee 1,680 0.58 2.03 $35.08 (4)
Oregon 1,630 0.91 3.18 $27.53 (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 610 0.96 3.36 $31.32 (4)
Oregon 1,630 0.91 3.18 $27.53 (4)
New York 6,610 0.73 2.54 $47.79 (4)
Rhode Island 310 0.65 2.29 $16.30 (4)
Tennessee 1,680 0.58 2.03 $35.08 (4)




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 6,610 0.73 2.54 $47.79 (4)
Massachusetts 750 0.22 0.76 $41.17 (4)
Nevada 570 0.45 1.57 $40.02 (4)
Connecticut 520 0.31 1.09 $39.23 (4)
California 7,280 0.46 1.60 $37.72 (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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,770 0.72 2.53 $53.30 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,110 0.74 2.58 $38.57 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,390 1.52 5.32 $36.22 (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,010 0.89 3.13 $24.15 (4)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.95 3.32 $39.82 (4)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.50 1.75 $37.95 (4)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 770 0.60 2.09 $40.69 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 720 0.20 0.69 $28.60 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 640 0.26 0.90 $30.83 (4)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 620 0.86 3.00 $20.72 (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)
Eugene, OR 230 1.55 5.42 $35.35 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,390 1.52 5.32 $36.22 (4)
Corvallis, OR 50 1.45 5.09 $22.13 (4)
Albany, OR 60 1.30 4.56 $13.27 (4)
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 120 1.04 3.65 $82.36 (4)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.95 3.32 $39.82 (4)
Great Falls, MT 30 0.95 3.32 (8) (8)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,010 0.89 3.13 $24.15 (4)
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 120 0.86 3.01 $20.52 (4)
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 620 0.86 3.00 $20.72 (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)
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 120 1.04 3.65 $82.36 (4)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,770 0.72 2.53 $53.30 (4)
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.42 1.49 $47.63 (4)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.27 0.93 $41.34 (4)
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 50 0.28 0.99 $40.71 (4)
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 330 0.28 0.98 $40.70 (4)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 770 0.60 2.09 $40.69 (4)
Peoria, IL 110 0.64 2.23 $40.51 (4)
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.35 1.22 $40.33 (4)
Pittsburgh, PA 350 0.31 1.09 $40.32 (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 150 2.01 7.03 $24.52 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.40 1.41 $14.74 (4)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 3.41 $21.40 (4)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.46 1.62 (8) (8)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.02 $21.61 (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 150 2.01 7.03 $24.52 (4)
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 1.10 3.85 $21.03 (4)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.97 3.41 $21.40 (4)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.53 1.85 (8) (8)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.46 1.62 (8) (8)

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 2.01 7.03 $24.52 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.33 (4)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.03 $22.16 (4)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.29 1.02 $21.61 (4)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 50 0.14 0.48 $21.42 (4)


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.

(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 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