Band Director Salary

Band Directors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $47K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Band Directors. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Band Directors who answered the questionnnaire. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,920 - $65,204
$33K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,570
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$11.00 - $29.57
$15
MEDIAN: $15.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,920 - $65,204  
   
Bonus
$970 - $5,822  
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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$32,246 - $64,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$15.26  
   
Overtime
$15.00  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$970 - $5,822  
   
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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$32,246 - $64,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Band Director


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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.

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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 Band Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $44K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $45K. Band Directors see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Band Directors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $60K.

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Q: 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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Key Stats for Band Director

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲16%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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