Music Director Salary

With two-thirds of Music Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Music Directors is $42K annually and can range from $19K on the lower end to $67K per year near the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Close to one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, roughly one-half report medical coverage and about one in three claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,345 - $66,178
$18K
$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,576
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$11.71 - $51.20
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MEDIAN: $19.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$18,345 - $66,178  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $4,949  
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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$18,820 - $67,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $51.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$295.90 - $4,949  
   
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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$18,820 - $67,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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.

Common Career Paths for Music Director


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Music Directors tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Radio Broadcasting Program Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Many Music Directors go on to become Music Ministry Directors or Directors of Music Ministry despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. On average, Music Directors make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $42K on average.

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Key Stats for Music Director

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲2%

Mid-Career
▲1%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
▼11%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

Conducting
▲27%

Singing
▲9%

Team Leadership
▲3%

People Management
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Administration
▼4%

MUSIC
▼4%

musician
▼11%

Pianist
▼26%

Organist
▼28%

Worship Planning and Leading
▼42%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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