Music Director Salary
|Salary||$18,537 - $63,952|
|Bonus||$289.06 - $3,987|
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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).)
|$18,944 - $65,058|
|Hourly Rate||$10.77 - $51.52|
|Bonus||$289.06 - $3,987|
|Total Pay (||$18,944 - $65,058|
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.Read More...
Music directors usually work with musicians and others within their organization; depending on the employer, they may also meet with representatives from music and record companies. They can be employed by a variety of organizations, such as churches, schools, universities, the military, radio stations, and films, among others. Their hours may be part time or full time depending on the employer; a music director at a church, for example, may work for 10 to 15 hours per week, whereas a music director at a radio station may work 40 or more hours per week.
Larger organizations may expect their music directors to have at least a bachelor's degree in a music-related field and experience in directing. Smaller organizations may be satisfied with a director who has directing experience and demonstrated knowledge in musical theory and performance. As they are often self-directed, music directors need to be able to work independently. Other skills required include proficiency with an instrument or instruments, knowledge of a wide range of music, and the ability to write and arrange music.
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
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.
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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