Median pay for Music Producers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third enjoy medical while just under a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in five. The majority of Music Producers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Music Producers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$23,823 - $101,997
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MEDIAN: $50,201
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$11.04 - $76.60
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$23,823 - $101,997  
   
Bonus
$5,500  
Profit Sharing
$16,722  
Total Pay (?
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$24,299 - $108,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $76.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.14  
Overtime
$16.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$5,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$16,722  
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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$24,299 - $108,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Music Producer

A music producer assists artists and groups in the studio in creating recorded music. Typically, a producer works closely with the musicians and singers to create an overall tone, feel or expression in the recording. He or she also engages with the various technical professionals required to record music and supervises studio engineers and mixers in creating the final product. In some situations, a producer may have artistic input as well, advising on composition, songwriting and arrangement. He or she may bring in outside musicians and even suggest material to record.

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Music Producer Tasks

  • Coordinate and work with sound engineers, designers, and directors.
  • Create and communicate overall concept or plan.
  • Manage, coordinate, and track projects through all stages of production.
  • Attending production meetings.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Producer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $50K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Music Producers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,827

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Music Producers, working in the bustling city of Miami has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Music Producers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent) and Atlanta (+18 percent).

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Experience Affects Music Producer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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