Composer Salary

The average salary for a Composer is $48,439 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$20,000 - $135,000
(Median)
$20K
$48K
$140K
MEDIAN: $48,439
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50%
90%

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$11.00 - $75.00
(Median)
$11
$20
$75
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$20,000 - $135,000  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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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$20,766 - $151,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$20,766 - $151,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Composer

A composer works in the music industry and composes songs. These songs can be sold to music schools, musical artists, the sheet music industry, or the advertising industry. A composer can work for a company or on a freelance basis. Usually, there are no educational requirements, and the only prerequisites are being able to compose quality music. Some places of employment do require a university degree, which may or may not have to be in the field of music.

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Composer Tasks

  • Revise scores.
  • Negotiate contracts.
  • Compose scores.

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Experience Affects Composer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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