Music Therapist Salary

Music Therapists in the United States pull down an average of $41K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Music Therapists (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,449 - $59,328
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $41,257
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$15.11 - $42.50
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$0$70K
Salary $29,449 - $59,328
Bonus $0.00 - $3,041
Total Pay (?
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$30,617 - $70,313
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 182
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $15.11 - $42.50
Overtime $16.75 - $46.00
Annual Data $0$70K
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).
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$30,617 - $70,313
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 159

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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

  • Prepare and submit patients' reactions and progress reports, confer with treatment team
  • Develop treatment plan with instrumental and vocal music strategies based on assessment, interests and objectives of therapy
  • Encourage patients with special needs and circumstances to express themselves creatively with music
  • Assess patients' development, abilities, personality, interests and conflicts

Music Therapist Job Listings

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.

Music Therapist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Music Therapist?

Music Therapist in La Crosse:
"Awesome."
Pros: Helping people and providing a wide variety of music on a regular basis to help individuals grow to their full potential.
Cons: Can be stressful at times to meet deadlines for documentation.

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Key Stats for Music Therapist

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲32%

Experienced
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$43,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Music Therapist Salaries

Music Therapy
▲24%

Hospice
▲10%

Counseling
▲6%

National Average
$43,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 28%
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