Music Director Salary

With close to two-thirds of Music Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Music Directors is $41K per year and can range from $19K on the lower end to $65K per year near the higher end. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although roughly one-half have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, one-half claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,746 - $65,289
$19K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $41,153
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$10.93 - $48.48
$11
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$48
MEDIAN: $19.51
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$0$65K
Salary $18,746 - $65,289
Bonus $299.00 - $4,848
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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$19,195 - $65,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 341
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $10.93 - $48.48
Overtime $6.00
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $299.00 - $4,848
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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$19,195 - $65,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 42

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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. Many Music Directors go on to become Music Ministry Directors or Directors of Music Ministry despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $7K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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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
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Experienced
▼0%

▼0%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

Conducting
▲29%

Team Leadership
▲13%

Singing
▲10%


National Average
$41,000

Administration
▼3%

MUSIC
▼3%

musician
▼10%

Pianist
▼26%

Organist
▼27%

Worship Planning and Leading
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 51%
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