Music Therapist Salary
|Salary||$28,937 - $57,739|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,041|
|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).)
|$30,100 - $69,101|
|Hourly Rate||$14.85 - $43.69|
|Overtime||$22.02 - $42.91|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,041|
|Total Pay (||$30,100 - $69,101|
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.Read More...
A bachelor’s degree in music therapy or a related field is typically the minimum educational requirement for this position. Previous experience with the patient population in question is often required or preferred as well. Music therapists must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; basic computer skills are often required as well.
Music therapists typically work full time, though some work on an as-needed basis. Common employers include hospitals, health systems, behavior health facilities, and hospice care providers.
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.
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.
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