Musician or Singer Salary

A Musician or Singer earns an average salary of $37,889 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are singer and Singing.

$14,352 - $100,524
(Median)
$14K
$38K
$100K
MEDIAN: $37,889
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$11.15 - $102.02
(Median)
$11
$39
$100
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$14,352 - $100,524  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$1,224  
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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$17,667 - $202,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $102.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.57 - $37.75  
Overtime
$9.86 - $124.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,224  
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).
)
$17,667 - $202,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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

  • 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

National Average: $49,023

Larger city markers 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 5%

National Average
$49,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Musician or Singer Salaries

singer
up arrow 55%

Singing
up arrow 22%

National Average
$49,000

Guitar
up arrow 2%

Performer
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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