Music Director Salary

Music Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $18K to $76K per year, median earnings come to $37K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Men make up the majority of Music Directors (63 percent) survey respondents. The majority of Music Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-half lack any form of coverage — but close to one-half have medical insurance, and close to a third have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,268 - $67,862

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$10.01 - $52.15

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$17,268 - $67,862  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,980  
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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$17,828 - $76,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 327
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $52.15  
   
Overtime
$13.75 - $35.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,980  
   
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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$17,828 - $76,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Music Director


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Although some Music Directors become Radio Broadcasting Program Director, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $43K. Many Music Directors advance into roles as Music Ministry Directors or Church Organists, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $18K lower, respectively.

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Music Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in musician, Singing, People Management, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Worship Planning and Leading and MUSIC as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Music Director

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Music Directors make a median salary of $40K. For some reason, Music Directors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $39K.

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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

musician
up arrow 19%

Singing
up arrow 18%

People Management
up arrow 16%

Team Leadership
up arrow 15%

Administration
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

MUSIC
up arrow 36%

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 49%
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