|Quick Facts: Music Directors and Composers|
$62,940 per year
$30.26 per hour
|Less than 5 years|
|1% (Little or no change)|
Music directors lead musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.
Most music directors work for religious organizations and schools, or are self-employed. Music directors may spend a lot of time traveling to different performances. Composers can work in offices, recording studios, or their own homes.
Educational and training requirements for music directors and composers vary, although most positions require related work experience. A music director or conductor for a symphony orchestra typically needs a master’s degree; a choir director may need a bachelor’s degree. There are no formal educational requirements for those interested in writing popular music.
The median annual wage for music directors and composers was $62,940 in May 2022.
Employment of music directors and composers is projected to show little or no change from 2022 to 2032.
Despite limited employment growth, about 5,100 openings for music directors and composers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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