Music Therapist Salary

Music Therapists in the United States take home approximately $40K per year on average. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than half have medical coverage and approximately half have dental coverage, one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most Music Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Music Therapists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,518 - $56,574
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$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,438
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$14.94 - $48.52
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MEDIAN: $22.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,518 - $56,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$29,932 - $71,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $48.52  
   
Overtime
$32.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$29,932 - $71,202  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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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.
  • Encourage patients with special needs and circumstances to express themselves creatively with music.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Music Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

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
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$42,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Music Therapist Salaries

Music Therapy
▲26%

Hospice
▲11%

Group Therapy
▲7%

Counseling
▲7%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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