Music Producer Salary

An average Music Producer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Music Producers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Approximately two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fourth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$23,137 - $117,705
(Median)
$23K
$50K
$120K
MEDIAN: $49,781
10%
50%
90%

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$10.21 - $123.44
(Median)
$10
$26
$120
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
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.


Music Producers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $49K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $51K. Music Producers see a median salary of $56K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $70K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,714

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

For Music Producers, Miami provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. 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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