The average salary for a Composer is $44,000 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.

$19,749 - $195,743
(Median)
$20K
$44K
$200K
MEDIAN: $44,000
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90%

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$10.07 - $99.33
(Median)
$10
$22
$99
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$19,749 - $195,743  
   
Total Pay (?
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$20,298 - $195,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $99.33  
   
Overtime
$59.00  
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$20,298 - $195,743  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Composer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Composer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 36%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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