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Music Therapist Salary

Earnings for Music Therapists in the United States come in at around $40K per year on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $27K and $82K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Most Music Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (88 percent) of Music Therapists who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,614 - $56,790
(Median)
$25K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $39,532
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90%

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$14.96 - $56.17
(Median)
$15
$23
$56
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,614 - $56,790  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
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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$27,324 - $81,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.96 - $56.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
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).
)
$27,324 - $81,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Music Therapists bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $52K.

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Experience Affects Music Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 32%