Band Director Salary

For Band Directors, yearly average wages total $45K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Band Directors survey respondents are men (77 percent). Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,505 - $68,658
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,375
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$32,505 - $68,658  
   
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$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$32,747 - $69,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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

  • 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.


Band Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $63K on average.

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Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 12%
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