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Band Director Salary

Earnings for Band Directors in the United States come in at around $46K annually on average. Work is enjoyable for Band Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Band Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,968 - $68,493
MEDIAN: $46,056

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$33,968 - $68,493  
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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).
$34,085 - $69,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151

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Job Description for Band Director

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

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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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $40K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $45K. Band Directors see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Band Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $63K.

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Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.


26 %
74 %

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: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 12%