Composer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Composer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alabama $45,480
Arkansas $49,110
Arizona $44,750
California $51,610
Colorado $41,780
Connecticut $50,280
District of Columbia $57,450
Florida $53,260
Georgia $64,700
Hawaii $45,760
Iowa $51,940
Idaho $33,730
Illinois $39,466
Indiana $46,900
Kansas $55,290
Kentucky $47,673
Louisiana $46,420
Massachusetts $55,000
Maryland $48,830
Michigan $45,100
Minnesota $72,630
Missouri $49,280
Mississippi $51,790
Montana $19,180
North Carolina $39,180
Nebraska $44,240
New Hampshire $55,690
New Jersey $64,240
New Mexico $36,310
New York $53,020
Ohio $42,290
Oklahoma $34,080
Oregon $44,040
Pennsylvania $40,630
Rhode Island $56,980
South Carolina $53,150
Tennessee $43,260
Texas $58,340
Utah $43,440
Virginia $55,090
Vermont $55,160
Washington $60,380
Wisconsin $57,240

How do composer salaries compare to similar careers?

Composers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than music artists but more than piano tuners.

Career Median Salary
Music artist salary $63K
Musician salary $57K
Music teacher salary $59K
Conductor salary $52K
Audio engineer salary $53K
Composer salary $52K
Music therapist salary $48K
Piano tuner salary $37K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)