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.

$19,517 - $153,193
$20K
$59K
$150K
MEDIAN: $58,555
10%
50%
90%

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$10.20 - $72.72
$10
$20
$73
MEDIAN: $20.00
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90%

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$0$153K
Salary $19,517 - $153,193
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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$20,246 - $149,730
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $10.20 - $72.72
Overtime $20.92
Annual Data $0$149K
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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$20,246 - $149,730
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13

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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.

Composer Job Listings

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
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Composer Salaries

Experienced
▲7%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$58,000

Late-Career
▼21%

Entry-Level
▼40%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 50%
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