Music Therapist Salary

An average Music Therapist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $40K annually. Pay generally varies between $28K and $72K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Music Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more female Music Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. About a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$26,619 - $56,599
(Median)
$27K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,607
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$14.86 - $48.34
(Median)
$15
$22
$48
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,619 - $56,599  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$28,439 - $71,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $48.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56  
Overtime
$0.26 - $41.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$28,439 - $71,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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 $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Music Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $51K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Music Therapist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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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
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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