Music Therapist Salary

A Music Therapist earns an average salary of $40,627 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Music Therapy and Hospice.
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$14.85 - $43.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,937 - $57,739  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Total Pay (?
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$30,100 - $69,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $43.69  
   
Overtime
$22.02 - $42.91  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,100 - $69,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 163

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Job Description for Music Therapist

Music therapists visit with patients individually or as a group to conduct music therapy such as singing, listening to music, playing musical instruments, and/or moving to music, among others. These therapists' duties vary based on their employer and position, and the ability to meet the client population's needs using best practices and effective techniques is needed. For example, a music therapist employed by a hospice facility is generally required to coordinate with caregivers, pastoral staff, supervisors and others within their facility; in a hospice setting, therapists must be well-versed in techniques for caring for hospice patients and their families. Other populations with whom music therapists may work include older adults, developmentally disabled individuals, at-risk youth, and hospital patients, among others.

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Music Therapist Tasks

  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team.
  • Encourage patients with special needs and circumstances to express themselves creatively with music.
  • Develop treatment plan with instrumental and vocal music strategies based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy.
  • Assess patients' development, abilities, personality, interests and conflicts.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Therapist

Pay by Experience for a Music Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Music Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 217 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Music Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 82 salaries. An experienced Music Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 47 salaries. A Music Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 28 salaries.

Music Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Music Therapist?

Music Therapist in La Crosse:
"Awesome."
Pros: Helping people and providing a wide variety of music on a regular basis to help individuals grow to their full potential.
Cons: Can be stressful at times to meet deadlines for documentation.

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Key Stats for Music Therapist

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

Experienced
▲21%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Music Therapist Salaries

Music Therapy
▲25%

Hospice
▲11%

Counseling
▲7%

National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 31%
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