Music Therapist Salary (United States)

56 percent of Music Therapists report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $42,387 annually on average. The top of the range reaches $72,661 per year, and the bottom approaches $25,098. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Around one third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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  
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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
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  
PayScale
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.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39,769; however, pay rises to approximately $49K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $51K after one to two decades. Music Therapists' salaries shift downward after two decades on the job, averaging $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$42,000
Indianapolis
up arrow 7%
Cleveland
up arrow 17%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average.

Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%
Late-Career
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 15%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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