The average pay for a Music Director is $41,978 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Conducting and MUSIC. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
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$18,277 - $66,097
(Median)
$18K
$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,977
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$11.33 - $50.96
(Median)
$11
$20
$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

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Director

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

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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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