Composer Salary

The average salary for a Composer is $49,564 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$20,511 - $118,359
(Median)
$21K
$50K
$120K
MEDIAN: $49,564
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50%
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$20,511 - $118,359  
   
Bonus
$198.32 - $7,861  
Total Pay (?
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$23,672 - $151,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 71%
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