Music Director Salary

Music Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with approximately two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $41K annually on average but can range from $19K to $65K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While some workers in this profession — around half — do not have any health coverage, close to one-half do receive medical benefits and slightly less than a third have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Music Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Music Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,433 - $66,266
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$41K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,990
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$10.96 - $48.18
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MEDIAN: $19.17
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$0$66K
Salary $19,433 - $66,266
Bonus $299.00 - $4,013
Total Pay (?
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$19,766 - $66,233
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 351
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $10.96 - $48.18
Hourly Tips $2.86
Overtime $6.00
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $299.00 - $4,013
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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$19,766 - $66,233
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 43

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Job Description for Music Director

Music directors are responsible for organizing and overseeing music programs within an organization. Their job requirements may greatly vary depending on the employer. They may be required to conduct a choir or orchestra, select appropriate music to be played, plan and prepare sheet music, ensure copyright laws are followed, hold auditions for ensemble members, and/or promote and organize tours. Music directors' work is indoors and rarely physical, with the exception of conducting.

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Music Director Tasks

  • Conduct and direct instrumental or vocal performance for musical performance groups including orchestras, and choirs.
  • Transcribe or rearrange musical compositions to fit the performance group.
  • Plan and schedule rehearsals and performances.

Common Career Paths for Music Director


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Music Directors tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Radio Broadcasting Program Director. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Music Directors most frequently advance into Music Ministry Director and Director of Music Ministry roles even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Director

Pay by Experience for a Music Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Music Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 87 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Music Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 92 salaries. An experienced Music Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 139 salaries. A Music Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 123 salaries.

Music Director Advice

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

Music Director in Denver:
"The job is rewarding."
The job of Church musician is rewarding but the pay is terrible.

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Key Stats for Music Director

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Mid-Career
▲1%

Experienced
▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

Conducting
▲29%

Team Leadership
▲13%

Singing
▲11%


National Average
$41,000

Administration
▼2%

MUSIC
▼2%

musician
▼9%

Pianist
▼25%

Organist
▼27%

Worship Planning and Leading
▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 46%
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