Music Therapist Salary

For Music Therapists, annual average wages total $41K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Music Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Although the greater part have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, around one in three claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Music Therapists is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,637 - $56,936
$29K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,627
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$14.98 - $45.87
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$46
MEDIAN: $21.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,637 - $56,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Total Pay (?
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$30,031 - $70,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.98 - $45.87  
   
Overtime
$32.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
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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$30,031 - $70,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 150

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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

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 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲34%

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$42,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Music Therapist Salaries

Music Therapy
▲26%

Hospice
▲12%

Counseling
▲8%

National Average
$42,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 34%