Music Therapist Salary (United States)

A Music Therapist earns an average salary of $39,271 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Music Therapist Total Pay (?
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$24,745 - $54,571
(Median)
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48K
55K
MEDIAN: $39,271
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Music Therapist Total Pay (?
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$14.67 - $43.57
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,745 - $54,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
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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$25,736 - $70,782  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $43.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
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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$25,736 - $70,782  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
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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.
Pay Difference By Location
Boston
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National Average
$42,000
Chicago
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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%
Late-Career
up arrow 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 14%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 64 votes.
Gender
Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 31%
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