Band Directors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Band Directors survey respondents are men (75 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,756 - $64,918
$33K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,179
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$10.17 - $29.75
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MEDIAN: $17.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,756 - $64,918  
   
Bonus
$750 - $6,575  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,038 - $64,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$17.50  
   
Overtime
$15.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$750 - $6,575  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,038 - $64,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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.

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Band Director Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Band Director


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Band Directors who go on to become High School Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a High School Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $44K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Band Director

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


For Band Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $43K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Band Director with more than 20 years of experience can earn $61K on average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Band Director?

Band Director in Dalton:
"It is an awesome job."
Pros: The children are very unique. I serve a very diverse School population that challenges my ability to deliver curricula and an effective manner.
Cons: The school does not allocate any funds for the Fine Arts. The school system chooses to use private donations in order to fund advancements within the schools. This places is the impoverished schools at the South End of the county at a disadvantage due to the fact that the Richer individuals residing in the North End of the county.

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Key Stats for Band Director

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
035
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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