Pay for Music Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $40K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Some workers in this field — nearly one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. Most Music Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Music Therapists making up 79 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,388 - $56,128
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$56K
MEDIAN: $40,295
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$14.96 - $48.53
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,388 - $56,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
Total Pay (?
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$29,752 - $70,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.96 - $48.53  
   
Overtime
$23.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,752 - $70,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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.


Music Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. Music Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Music Therapist Salaries

Music Therapy
up arrow 15%

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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