Composer Salary

A Composer earns an average salary of $49,414 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$20,426 - $119,195

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$20,426 - $119,195  
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$23,583 - $151,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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.


Composer Tasks

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

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Experience Affects Composer Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

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


20 %
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 75%