Music Therapist Salary

A Music Therapist earns an average salary of $38,984 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
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$24,539 - $56,592
(Median)
$25K
$39K
$57K
MEDIAN: $38,983
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$15.03 - $51.91
(Median)
$15
$23
$52
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$24,539 - $56,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
Total Pay (?
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$27,499 - $77,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $51.91  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
   
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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$27,499 - $77,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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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.

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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 27%

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000


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
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%
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