Composer Salary

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.

$19,396 - $123,650
$19K
$51K
$120K
MEDIAN: $51,415
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50%
90%

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$10.24 - $87.50
$10
$22
$88
MEDIAN: $22.50
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$19,396 - $123,650  
   
Total Pay (?
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$19,985 - $156,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $87.50  
   
Overtime
$59.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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Total Pay (?
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$19,985 - $156,000  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | 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

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

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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.

Key Stats for Composer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Composer Salaries

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲16%

National Average
$51,000

Late-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 54%
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