Band Director Salary

Band Directors in the United States take home an average $46K annually. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Band Directors. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Band Directors who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,114 - $70,141
MEDIAN: $46,386

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$33,307 - $70,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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Job Description for Band Director

A band director frequently works for a school, college, or similar institution. He or she helps to select and develop student musicians for music performance in bands at the school. As many schools have multiple bands for varying purposes and skill levels, the band director helps to audition and place student musicians according to skill level and aptitude. He or she then selects pieces for the bands to play and leads them through rehearsals before conducting the bands in performance.


Band Director Tasks

  • Organize rehearsals.
  • Assist musicians in interpreting music and playing on tempo.
  • Direct and organize bands for schools, colleges, or professional groups.

Common Career Paths for Band Director

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Band Directors who transition into an upper level High School Teacher position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average High School Teacher makes $43K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Band Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Band Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $41K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. Band Directors bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $64K.

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Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


24 %
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 11%