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Band Director Salary

Pay for Band Directors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Band Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,305 - $67,065
MEDIAN: $44,888

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$33,305 - $67,065  
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$33,497 - $68,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Band Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $39K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. Band Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 12%