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Music Director Salary

With roughly two in three of Music Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $17K to $76K per year and averages out to $37K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and close to one-third have dental coverage, close to one-half claim no health benefits at all. Music Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,770 - $67,704
(Median)
$17K
$37K
$68K
MEDIAN: $37,171
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$9.99 - $52.37
(Median)
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$20
$52
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$16,770 - $67,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
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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$17,449 - $76,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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 (?
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
   
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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$17,449 - $76,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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Though it's uncommon, some Music Directors move into roles as Radio Broadcasting Program Directors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $43K per year. Many Music Directors go on to become Music Ministry Directors or Church Organists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $18K lower, respectively.

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Survey results suggest that Music Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, People Management, musician, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Worship Planning and Leading and MUSIC, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Music Director

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Music Directors report making only $37K on average.

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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 14%

People Management
up arrow 11%

musician
up arrow 10%

Administration
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 37%

MUSIC
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 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
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 48%
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