Music Producer Salary

Music Producers in the United States pull down an average of $50K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-fourth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Music Producers. Men account for the majority of Music Producers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,137 - $117,705
(Median)
$23K
$50K
$120K
MEDIAN: $49,781
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50%
90%

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$10.21 - $123.44
(Median)
$10
$26
$120
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$23,137 - $117,705  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,917  
Profit Sharing
$6,722  
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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$23,454 - $154,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $123.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.32  
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $24,917  
   
Profit Sharing
$6,722  
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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$23,454 - $154,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $49K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $51K. Music Producers see a median salary of $56K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,714

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

With a pay rate for Music Producers that is 40 percent greater than the national average, Miami offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Music Producers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+31 percent) and Atlanta (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Music Producer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000


Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 57%
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