Training Requirements for Music Directors And Composers

Music directors and composers need a bachelor's degree and less than 5 years experience.

Degrees for Music directors and composers
Percent
Less than High School 4.5
High School 14.5
Some College 21.9
Associates Degree 4.9
Bachelors Degree 30.7
Masters Degree 19.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 4.3

Employment Outlook for Music Directors And Composers

This represents about 82,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 2,000 more music directors and composers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 26,000 more.

Typical Income for Music Directors And Composers

Hourly Income

On average,music directors and composers make $29.15 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Music directors and composers $10.01 $16.84 $24.09 $33.90 $51.30
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $10.20 $14.69 $22.69 $34.33 $49.69
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers $9.11 $11.82 $19.65 $33.21 $59.14
Musicians, singers, and related workers $9.46 $15.17 $24.67 $41.70 $62.53
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, music directors and composers make $60,630 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Music directors and composers $20,820 $35,020 $50,110 $70,510 $106,700
Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations $21,210 $30,560 $47,190 $71,410 $103,360
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers $18,940 $24,590 $40,870 $69,070 $123,010
Musicians, singers, and related workers $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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