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Music Director Salary

Music Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $37K annually, but may range from $17K to $77K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Male Music Directors who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-half lack coverage. On the flip side, half have medical insurance and about a third receive dental plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$16,644 - $67,568
(Median)
$17K
$37K
$68K
MEDIAN: $36,944
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$9.99 - $52.37
(Median)
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$20
$52
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$16,644 - $67,568  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,022  
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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$17,346 - $77,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $52.37  
   
Overtime
$14.22 - $49.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,022  
   
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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$17,346 - $77,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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 it's unusual, some Music Directors transition into jobs as Radio Broadcasting Program Directors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $43K per year, though. Music Directors most often move into Music Ministry Director or Church Organist roles. However, the former pays $5K less on average, and the latter pays $18K less.

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Music Directors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, musician, Administration, and MUSIC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. Music Directors bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $36K.

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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 12%

musician
up arrow 11%

Administration
up arrow 5%

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 80 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
30%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 48%
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