An average Band Director in the United States can expect to take home roughly $47K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Band Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$32,810 - $67,222
(Median)
$33K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,904
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$14.74 - $30.08
(Median)
$
$25
$
MEDIAN: $24.00
50%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,810 - $67,222  
   
Bonus
$511 - $7,340  
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).
)
$32,653 - $67,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$24.87  
   
Overtime
$18.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$511 - $7,340  
   
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).
)
$32,653 - $67,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Many Band Directors move into a High School Teacher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. High School Teachers on average bring in a similar salary to Band Directors.

Band Director Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Pay by Experience Level for Band Director

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Band Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $44K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $45K. Band Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Band Directors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $62K.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 13%
ADVERTISEMENT