Musician or Singer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Musician or Singer is $39,338 per year.
Musician or Singer Salary (?
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$13,878 - $98,127
(Median)
14K
39K
61K
98K
MEDIAN: $39,337
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Musician or Singer Salary (?
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$13.30 - $101.13
(Median)
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22
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55
100
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$13,878 - $98,127  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,950  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $2,253  
Commission
$2,589 - $11,000  
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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$16,600 - $174,611  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $101.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $38.01  
Overtime
$2.80 - $144.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,950  
   
Commission
$2,589 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $2,253  
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).
)
$16,600 - $174,611  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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Job Description for Musician or Singer

Musician and singers are very creative and artistic individual. They work in myriad locations, both indoors or outdoors, in the United States or even internationally. The musician/singer may be booked to perform in massive concerts or in a small local bar or coffeehouse. Singers usually perform as solo acts or with a band. Many singers and musicians write/compose and perform their own music whereas others "cover" other performers' songs. Musicians/singers who perform in larger venues should be capable of working with a large number of people--from sound technicians to stagehands--and should be comfortable being on stage in front of anywhere from a few to thousands of people. Some musicians/singers may be entirely solo and sign/find their own gigs and performances while other singers and musicians work with an entourage of assistants, managers, coordinators, etc.
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Musician or Singer Tasks
  • Work with other musicians, the public and management to ensure a high quality experience.
  • Rehearse, practice and learn new music alone and in groups.
  • Perform songs within a designated genre in front of an audience.

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Pay by Experience Level for Musician or Singer

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

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 56%
Miami
up arrow 50%
Seattle
up arrow 23%
New York
up arrow 16%
Cincinnati
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Chicago
up arrow 1%
National Average
$52,000
Las Vegas
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Musician or Singer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Musician or Singer in Indianapolis:
"Keep A Day Job."
In order to achieve any level of success performing original music, capital is essential. Spend around $1,500 on a demo recording in either Nashville, TN or Los Angeles, CA, and pay for well-known session musicians to make appearances; this helps to spread the word about your project. Seek investors and sponsors to support tours, and keep an e-mail list of fans. It also helps if you have talent.

Experience Affects Musician or Singer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$52,000
Experienced
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Musician or Singer Salaries

National Average
$52,000
Singing
up arrow 13%
Performer
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 76%
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