$39,206
Avg. Salary
$19.90
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Music Director is $19.90 per hour.

The average pay for a Music Director is $39,206 per year.

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$10.93
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$19.90
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$63.62
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MEDIAN $19.90
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$15k
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$65k
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MEDIAN $39,206
$14,718 - $65,414
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MEDIAN: $39,206
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$0$67K
Salary $14,718 - $65,414
Bonus $193 - $6,000
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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$15,106 - $67,378
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 736
Hourly Data $0$85
Hourly Rate $10.93 - $63.62
Hourly Tips $2.86
Overtime $12.00
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $193 - $6,000
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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$15,106 - $67,378
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 92

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.

Music Director Job Listings

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 Reviews

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

Music Director in Irvine:
"Fun and Fast-Paced."
Pros: Making music for a living.
Cons: Mandatory extra events

Music Director in Charlotte:
"Great position, but underpaid."
Pros: The people are fantastic, awesome pastor who comes prepared each week with a great message
Cons: Long commute, underpaid

Music Director in Newport News:
"Satisfying and Rewarding."
Pros: Good Opportunity to pursue goals
Cons: sometimes adversarial individuals on committees

Music Director in Enterprise:
"Small town."
Pros: Enterprise is a great place to live and to work if you are military or in education. Lower cost of living.
Cons: Career opportunities are very limited except for military and education. Pay scale is lower due to lower cost of living.

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
36 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

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Experience Affects Music Director Salaries

Mid-Career
▲4%

Experienced
▲3%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Music Director Salaries

Conducting
▲33%

Team Leadership
▲17%

Singing
▲14%


Administration
▲1%

MUSIC
▲1%

National Average
$40,000

musician
▼6%

Pianist
▼23%

Organist
▼25%

Worship Planning and Leading
▼39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 54%