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Positions and Salaries in the Music Industry ___________________________________ 2
Performance _____________________________________________________________________________________________ 2
Writing __________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4
Business _________________________________________________________________________________________________ 6
Audio Technology ________________________________________________________________________________________ 13
Education _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 15
Music Therapy ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 16
Emerging Career Paths ___________________________________________________________________________________ 18
Negotiating a Job Offer _____________________________________________________ 19
Setting Your Price ___________________________________________________________ 20
Resources __________________________________________________________________ 21
Artist Revenue Trends _______________________________________________________ 22
Music Organizations and Associations ________________________________________ 23
Performance ____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Writing _________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Business ________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Audio Technology ________________________________________________________________________________________ 26
Education _______________________________________________________________________________________________ 27
Music Therapy ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 27
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Positions and Salaries in the Music Industry 2016
***Salaries for various positions can vary widely depending on such factors as level of expertise and geographic location. Not comprehensive.***
SALARY
CATEGORY
JOB TITLE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
(per year unless otherwise noted)
PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE
Performance
Performance
Performance
Performance
Performance
Performance
Performance
General Business (GB) or Cover
$1,000 - $2,500 per gig
Bands are specifically designed to play covers
band
for events like weddings, corporate functions,
and private parties.
Club gigs in Boston and New York
$75 - $125+/person for club date
Depends on reputation of the band (covers vs.
(non-classical)
Sometimes bands perform for a % of the door
originals, how many people attend, and the
(cover charge)
size of the club).
Touring Act
$16,000 per 40 dates/Club-level opener
Income assumes a sold out show at $50 or
$750,000 per 40 dates/Club-level headliner
more per ticket.
$30,000 - 750,000 per 40 dates/Arena-level
opener
$3,000,000 - $30,000,000 per 40 dates/Arena-
level headliner
Festival Act
$3,000 - $7,500
Income listed is for a new act at a music
festival.
Busker/Street Performer
$50 - $100 per day
Street performers or buskers play in public
spaces for gratuities. Restrictions may apply
depending on the area; a permit may be
required for acts using amplifiers.
YouTube Star
$250,000 - $300,000
Salary listed is ad revenue for a mid-level
YouTube star with views numbering in the
hundred-millions and followers in the millions.
YouTube Partners earn 55% of ad revenue that
comes in through their original posts.
Late-Night Television Band
$250,000 - $2,500,000/Band leader
$10,000 - $50,000 per week/Band member
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CATEGORY
JOB TITLE
SALARY
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Salary for established stars performing in major
Las Vegas Residency
$360,000 - $500,000
casinos.
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Orchestral Musician
Starting base: $28,000 - $143,000
Range is for a full-time orchestra with a season
Example: $36,594 – Alabama Symphony
of approximately 40 weeks. Other per service
Instrumental
Instrumental
Instrumental
Instrumental
Instrumental
(starting)
orchestras and orchestras with shorter seasons
$132,028 – Boston Symphony Orchestra
would have a lower salary.
(starting)
Boston Area Community
Example: $70/rehearsal or performance for
The salary range reflects orchestras that rely
Orchestras
string section; $90/rehearsal,
on volunteers to more professional orchestras.
$110/performance for string principals;
Some orchestras offer a scholarship instead of
$100/rehearsal, $125/performance for
paying for each service.
associate concertmaster – Atlantic Symphony
Orchestra
NYC Musician’s Union rate as of 9/12/12:
2 ½ hour concert - $261
3 hour night rehearsal - $261
2 ½ hour day rehearsal - $131
*Principal players receive more
Military Bands and Orchestras
$21,000 - $77,000
Pay scale depends on rank, location, and
organization. Some bands also have student
loan repayment programs. Four to five year
commitments and basic military training often
required.
Broadway Pit Musician
$800 - $1500+/week for the duration of the
Almost always requires membership in the
gig
Musician’s Union.
Church Organist/Pianist
$100+/service
This salary depends on number of hours
$30,000 - $110,000/year for full-time organist
worked (hours vary from 10-40 hrs/week), size
position
of church congregation, and level of
education. Knowledge of religious music and
ability to get along with congregation are key.
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CATEGORY
JOB TITLE
SALARY
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Session Musician
• Extremely wide range, $100 - $2,500 per
A session musician plays on various recording
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Instrumental
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Touring Musician
$500 - $20,000 per week/Lead guitarist
Income for arena-level touring musicians,
$200 - $15,000 per week/Keyboardist
assuming a sold out show at $50 per ticket or
$200 - $15,000 per week/Drummer
more.
Performance – Vocal
Performance – Vocal
Performance – Vocal
Performance – Vocal
Performance – Vocal
Church Choir – Section Leader/
$25 - $100+/service
Section leader/soloist positions are generally
Soloist
paid whereas members of the choir generally
volunteer.
Concert or Opera Chorus Member
$12+/rehearsal; $100+/performance
Auditions are required for these positions.
Résumé and headshot are required for opera
company auditions.
Concert or Opera Soloist
$450 - $1,000+/performance
Top caliber talent.
Cantor
$25,000 - $80,000
Prime responsibility is to present liturgical
music to a temple or synagogue in order to
support prayers and studies of the religion.
Background Vocalist
$100 - $8,000 per week
Income for arena-level touring background
vocalist, assuming sold out shows at $50 per
ticket or more.
Performance –
Performance –
Choir, Orchestra, or Opera
$15,000 - $275,000
The higher salaries indicate a position with a
Conductor
Example: $26,000 - $36,000 – Durham (NC)
major symphony or opera house and a season
Conducting
Conducting
Symphony
of approximately 40 weeks. The lower end of
the scale represents a part-time position with a
smaller organization.
Church Choir Director
$5,000 - $70,000
This salary depends on number of hours
worked (hours vary from 10-40 hrs/week), size
of church congregation, and level of
education.
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