Music Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with roughly two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $42K annually on average but can range from $19K to $68K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Music Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, just under one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and just under one in three get dental coverage, too. The majority of Music Directors (68 percent) who took the survey are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,277 - $66,097
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$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,977
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$11.33 - $50.96
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$51
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$18,277 - $66,097  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $4,932  
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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$18,911 - $67,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.33 - $50.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$297.99 - $4,932  
   
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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$18,911 - $67,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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.

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Music Directors' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Radio Broadcasting Program Director. On average, Radio Broadcasting Program Directors get paid about the same as Music Directors do. Music Directors most frequently advance into Music Ministry Director and Director of Music Ministry roles even though the median salaries are $8K lower and $9K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Director

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $44K. Music Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Music Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $42K.

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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

Conducting
up arrow 62%

MUSIC
up arrow 17%

Team Leadership
up arrow 8%

Singing
up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Administration
up arrow 5%

musician
up arrow 11%

Pianist
up arrow 27%

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 42%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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