A Musician or Singer earns an average salary of $39,274 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are singer and MUSIC.

$16,114 - $98,476
$16K
$39K
$98K
MEDIAN: $39,274
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90%

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$12.21 - $103.28
$12
$48
$100
MEDIAN: $47.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$16,114 - $98,476  
   
Bonus
$2.21 - $97,871  
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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$20,505 - $199,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.21 - $103.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.15 - $13.07  
Overtime
$9.93 - $102.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2.21 - $97,871  
   
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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$20,505 - $199,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 209

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Job Description for Musician or Singer

Musicians and singers can perform live in a variety of venues, including orchestras, operas, theatres, cabarets, and lounges. They can also perform exclusively as recording artists. Sometimes this type of employment involves being hired by a recording studio or record company. Therefore, musicians and singers can be employed full-time or part-time. They can also be freelancers, making their living from gig to gig. Musicians and singers often have agents, who will send them out on assignments like performing a jingle for a radio or television commercial.

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Musician or Singer Tasks

  • Perform songs within a designated genre in front of an audience.
  • Rehearse, practice and learn new music alone and in groups.
  • Work with other musicians, the public and management to ensure a high quality experience.

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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

National Average: $50,163

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Musician or Singer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Musician or Singer?

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.

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Key Stats for Musician or Singer

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Musician or Singer Salaries



National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Musician or Singer Salaries

singer
up arrow 110%

MUSIC
up arrow 67%

Guitar
up arrow 3%

Singing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Performer
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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