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What Does it Take to Be a Music Director or Composer?

Job Description: 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.

  • Music Adapter
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Choir Director
  • Chorus Master
  • Orchestra Director

Music Director or Composer Job Outlook

There were about 74,800 jobs for Music Director or Composer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,300 new jobs for Music Director or Composer by 2026. There will be an estimated 7,700 positions for Music Director or Composer per year.


The states with the most job growth for Music Director or Composer are Colorado, Utah, and North Carolina. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Kansas, or Wisconsin. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Music Director or Composer Make?

Music Directors and Composers make between $21,640 and $112,820 a year.


Music Directors and Composers who work in Minnesota, Georgia, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

How much do Music Directors and Composers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $75,050
Arizona $57,810
California $64,600
Colorado $50,800
Connecticut $77,550
District of Columbia $77,220
Florida $72,420
Georgia $73,470
Hawaii $51,230
Illinois $40,220
Indiana $66,460
Iowa $52,430
Kansas $55,290
Kentucky $49,610
Louisiana $53,600
Maryland $58,570
Massachusetts $56,200
Michigan $51,180
Minnesota $88,570
Mississippi $53,000
Missouri $60,590
Montana $29,100
Nebraska $46,650
New Jersey $73,320
New Mexico $48,440
New York $66,120
North Carolina $48,920
Ohio $44,920
Oklahoma $38,530
Oregon $46,000
Pennsylvania $46,010
Rhode Island $64,200
South Carolina $53,700
Texas $61,210
Utah $57,780
Vermont $56,130
Washington $71,980
Wisconsin $71,350

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