A Pianist earns an average wage of $25.93 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$11,509 - $70,469
(Median)
$12K
$33K
$70K
MEDIAN: $33,000
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50%
90%

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$17.95 - $61.45
(Median)
$18
$26
$61
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$11,509 - $70,469  
   
Bonus
$325.00  
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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$20,435 - $123,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.95 - $61.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.13  
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$325.00  
   
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).
)
$20,435 - $123,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Pianist

Pianists play the piano professionally to entertain audiences; they may play for a symphony or music ensemble, or may provide entertainment in a retail, food service, or hotel environment. Some pianists with grand talent may play solo performances at musical halls, while others may record solos or accompaniment for musical recordings, and still others teach students of various levels of experience to play the piano and read music.

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Pianist Tasks

  • Transpose music between keys and styles to suit various needs.
  • Demonstrate and build upon a repertoire of music for piano.
  • Perform and practice piano pieces individually or in a group for live audiences.
  • Advertise and promote musical endeavors through media disseminations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pianist

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

Pianist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Pianist in New York:
"Piano."
Its not as easy as it may seem. The audience formal or not will require to to be able to accompany and improvise. Always be prepared with an extensive repertoire.

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Experience Affects Pianist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 80%
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