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What Do Music Directors and Composers Do?

Example of a Music Director or Composer Job 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.

Other Music Director or Composer Job Titles

  • Choirmaster
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Music Pastor
  • Jingle Writer
  • Music Copyist

Music Director or Composer Employment Estimates

In the United States, there were 74,800 jobs for Music Directors and Composers in 2016.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.7% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,300 new jobs for Music Directors and Composers by 2026. The BLS estimates 7,700 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Music Directors and Composers in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Music Directors and Composers are Florida, New York, and Texas.

Watch out if you plan on working in Wisconsin, Vermont, or Kansas. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Music Director or Composer Salary

The typical yearly salary for Music Directors and Composers is somewhere between $21,640 and $112,820. The median salary is $49,630.

Salary Ranges for Music Directors and Composers

How much do Music Directors and Composers make in each U.S. state?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

Minnesota

$88,570

Connecticut

$77,550

District of Columbia

$77,220

Alabama

$75,050

Georgia

$73,470

New Jersey

$73,320

Florida

$72,420

Washington

$71,980

Wisconsin

$71,350

Indiana

$66,460

New York

$66,120

California

$64,600

Rhode Island

$64,200

Texas

$61,210

Missouri

$60,590

Maryland

$58,570

Arizona

$57,810

Utah

$57,780

Massachusetts

$56,200

Vermont

$56,130

Kansas

$55,290

South Carolina

$53,700

Louisiana

$53,600

Mississippi

$53,000

Iowa

$52,430

Hawaii

$51,230

Michigan

$51,180

Colorado

$50,800

Kentucky

$49,610

North Carolina

$48,920

New Mexico

$48,440

Nebraska

$46,650

Pennsylvania

$46,010

Oregon

$46,000

Ohio

$44,920

Illinois

$40,220

Oklahoma

$38,530

Montana

$29,100

Where Music Directors and Composers Are Employed

Music Director or Composer Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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