Musician or Singer Salary (United States)

A Musician or Singer earns an average salary of $39,554 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Musician or Singer Total Pay (?
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$13,878 - $98,760
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $39,553
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Musician or Singer Total Pay (?
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$10.34 - $100.21
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$13,878 - $98,760  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,050  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $10,000  
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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$16,261 - $163,188  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $100.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.22 - $38.30  
Overtime
$2.80 - $144.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,050  
   
Commission
$2,589 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $10,000  
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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$16,261 - $163,188  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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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
Miami
up arrow 51%
Los Angeles
up arrow 39%
New York
up arrow 20%
National Average
$51,000
Chicago
up arrow 3%
Las Vegas
up arrow 18%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

Experience Affects Musician or Singer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$51,000
Experienced
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 7%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 75 votes.
Gender
Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 75%
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