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The average salary for a Music Director is $39,864.
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$16k - $67k
$103 - $8k
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$17k - $69k

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Job Description for Music Director

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.

Job Satisfaction for Music Director

4.2 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Music Director are from the companies First United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church and School of Rock. Reported salaries are highest at Methodist Church where the average pay is $55,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Presbyterian Church and School of Rock, earning around $36,000 and $35,000, respectively. First United Methodist Church pays the lowest at around $26,500. Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $30,009 and $30,500, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Music Director

Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership, Leadership, Worship Planning and Leading, Performer and People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Music Director

An entry-level Music Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $38,945 based on 10 salaries. An early career Music Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34,593 based on 140 salaries. A mid-career Music Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $40,211 based on 115 salaries. An experienced Music Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,736 based on 247 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $39,879.
Employees with Music Director in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 40.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (38.0% more) and Chicago, Illinois (18.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Boston, Massachusetts (7.2% less) and Miami, Florida (5.3% less).

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