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Music Therapist Salary (United States)

With just under three-fifths of Music Therapists reporting fewer than five years of experience, the average pay is $39K per year. Earnings sit near $25K on the lower side but can approach $73K per year on the higher side. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by roughly one-half. Female Music Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries in the field. Most Music Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Music Therapist Salary (?
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$24,285 - $56,086
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MEDIAN: $39,337
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Music Therapist Salary (?
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$14.56 - $50.21
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,285 - $56,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,927  
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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$25,098 - $72,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $50.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $1,927  
   
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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$25,098 - $72,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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Job Description for Music Therapist

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Music Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $49K. A fair portion of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$42,000
Indianapolis
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Cleveland
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Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average.
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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%
Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 32%