The average salary for a Composer is $40,000 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.
|Salary||$19,396 - $123,650|
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|$19,985 - $156,000|
|Hourly Rate||$10.24 - $87.50|
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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.Read More...
In order to acquire the skills necessary for this job, it is often important to study music for many years. This may include learning one or more musical instruments. It is essential to be able to read and write sheet music. The use of computerized sheet writing music may also be required. Some composers will be paid on commission, or they may be offered a commission on top of base pay. It is essential to have strong knowledge of the specific genre of music that the composer creates. Knowledge of all kinds of music is important, in order to be able to incorporate certain aspects to the music compositions. This includes staying up to date with the trends in the market, as well as what type of music consumers are interested in. Creativity is important, in order to create works of art that are unique.
Some composers may work at a music production facility or a school, and some others may work at home. Hours may vary and are often flexible.
- Compose scores.
- Negotiate contracts.
- Revise scores.
Pay by Experience Level for Composer
Pay by Experience for a Composer has a positive trend. An entry-level Composer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Composer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 13 salaries. An experienced Composer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 8 salaries. A Composer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 6 salaries.
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