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Musician or Singer Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Musician or Singer is $38,753 per year.
Musician or Singer Salary (?
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$12,431 - $99,738
(Median)
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100K
MEDIAN: $38,752
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Musician or Singer Salary (?
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$10.30 - $100.71
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$12,431 - $99,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $9,826  
Commission
$4,597 - $10,174  
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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$16,643 - $178,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $100.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.22 - $15.38  
Overtime
$4.70 - $103.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,119  
   
Commission
$4,597 - $10,174  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $9,826  
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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$16,643 - $178,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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

Atlanta
up arrow 58%
Miami
up arrow 54%
Seattle
up arrow 26%
New York
up arrow 21%
Los Angeles
up arrow 17%
Cincinnati
up arrow 6%
National Average
$50,000
Chicago
up arrow 1%
Las Vegas
up arrow 15%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

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.
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Experience Affects Musician or Singer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$50,000
Experienced
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Musician or Singer Salaries

Singing
up arrow 2%
National Average
$50,000
Performer
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
34%
female alumni
 
Male
66%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 21% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 77%