Band Director Salary

Band Directors in the United States can expect wages of $46K annually on average. Most Band Directors survey respondents are men (76 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Band Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $41K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $45K. For Band Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $64K on average.

Band Director Reviews

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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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%