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Music Therapist Salary

Music Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $39K per year. Pay generally varies between $27K and $82K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Music Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. The vast majority of Music Therapists (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,130 - $56,591
(Median)
$24K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,010
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$15.09 - $55.37
(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
$24,130 - $56,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$27,247 - $82,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $55.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.83  
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 - $1,521  
   
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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$27,247 - $82,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. On average, Music Therapists make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Music Therapists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $51K.

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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

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 51 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
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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