Band Director Salary

Band Directors in the United States can expect wages of $46K annually on average. Job satisfaction for Band Directors is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,660 - $70,024

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$32,660 - $70,024  
   
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$0.00 - $9,787  
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$32,903 - $70,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Band Directors. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $45K. Band Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $64K.

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Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 12%
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