Music Director Salary

Just under two-thirds of Music Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $19K to $65K per year, and the average comes out to $41K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, close to one-half have medical insurance and slightly less than a third receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men account for the majority of Music Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,537 - $63,952
$19K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $40,768
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50%
90%

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$10.77 - $51.52
$11
$20
$52
MEDIAN: $19.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$18,537 - $63,952  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $3,987  
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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$18,944 - $65,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $51.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$289.06 - $3,987  
   
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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$18,944 - $65,058  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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Job Description for Music Director

Music directors are responsible for organizing and overseeing music programs within an organization. Their job requirements may greatly vary depending on the employer. They may be required to conduct a choir or orchestra, select appropriate music to be played, plan and prepare sheet music, ensure copyright laws are followed, hold auditions for ensemble members, and/or promote and organize tours. Music directors' work is indoors and rarely physical, with the exception of conducting.

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Music Director Tasks

  • Conduct and direct instrumental or vocal performance for musical performance groups including orchestras, and choirs.
  • Transcribe or rearrange musical compositions to fit the performance group.
  • Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances.

Common Career Paths for Music Director


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As Music Directors make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Radio Broadcasting Program Director position pays around the same amount as the Music Director job on average. A lot of Music Directors advance their careers by becoming Music Ministry Directors and Directors of Music Ministry. However, those positions offer $7K less and $8K less per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Director

Pay by Experience for a Music Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Music Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 87 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Music Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 92 salaries. An experienced Music Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 139 salaries. A Music Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 123 salaries.

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Key Stats for Music Director

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

▲1%

Mid-Career
▲1%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

Conducting
▲30%

Team Leadership
▲14%

Singing
▲11%


National Average
$41,000

Administration
▼2%

MUSIC
▼2%

musician
▼9%

Pianist
▼25%

Organist
▼27%

Worship Planning and Leading
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 51%