Band Director Salary

For Band Directors, annual average wages total $46K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Band Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,079 - $62,082
$34K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,601
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50%
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$10.00 - $24.87
$15
MEDIAN: $14.74
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$0$62K
Salary $34,079 - $62,082
Bonus $979 - $5,190
Total Pay (?
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$32,845 - $62,400
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 198
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $14.74
Overtime $15.00
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $979 - $5,190
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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$32,845 - $62,400
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Band Director

A band director frequently works for a school, college, or similar institution. He or she helps to select and develop student musicians for music performance in bands at the school. As many schools have multiple bands for varying purposes and skill levels, the band director helps to audition and place student musicians according to skill level and aptitude. He or she then selects pieces for the bands to play and leads them through rehearsals before conducting the bands in performance.

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Band Director Tasks

  • Direct and organize bands for schools, colleges, or professional groups.
  • Assist musicians in interpreting music and playing on tempo.
  • Organize rehearsals.

Common Career Paths for Band Director


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Many Band Directors move into a High School Teacher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. High School Teachers on average bring in a similar salary to Band Directors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Band Director

Pay by Experience for a Band Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Band Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 102 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Band Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 46 salaries. An experienced Band Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 56 salaries. A Band Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 39 salaries.

Band Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Band Director?

Band Director in Pascagoula:
"Pays too little."
Salary not equal to inflation.

Band Director in Dalton:
"It is an awesome job."
Pros: The children are very unique. I serve a very diverse School population that challenges my ability to deliver curricula and an effective manner.
Cons: The school does not allocate any funds for the Fine Arts. The school system chooses to use private donations in order to fund advancements within the schools. This places is the impoverished schools at the South End of the county at a disadvantage due to the fact that the Richer individuals residing in the North End of the county.

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Key Stats for Band Director

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Band Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲16%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 13%
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