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Music Therapist Salary

The average Music Therapist in the United States earns approximately $39K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $27K, and the top verges on $81K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although roughly one in three lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. The majority of Music Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Music Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,159 - $56,591
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,007
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$15.11 - $54.63
(Median)
$15
$23
$55
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,159 - $56,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
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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$27,486 - $81,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.11 - $54.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
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).
)
$27,486 - $81,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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

  • 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. Music Therapists bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Music Therapists report making only $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 32%
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