Band Director Salary

The average Band Director in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K annually. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Band Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Band Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$33,189 - $71,245

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$33,380 - $71,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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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For Band Directors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Band Directors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like High School Teacher.

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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 many Band Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $45K. Band Directors bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $65K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


22 %
78 %

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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 13%