Composer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Composer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Minnesota $72,630
Connecticut $50,280
District of Columbia $57,450
Georgia $64,700
New Jersey $64,240
Florida $53,260
Washington $60,380
Wisconsin $57,240
Indiana $46,900
New York $53,020
California $51,610
Rhode Island $56,980
Texas $58,340
Missouri $49,280
Maryland $48,830
Arizona $44,750
Utah $43,440
Massachusetts $55,000
Vermont $55,160
Kansas $51,250
South Carolina $53,150
Louisiana $46,420
Mississippi $51,790
Iowa $51,940
Hawaii $45,760
Michigan $45,100
Colorado $41,780
Kentucky $41,290
North Carolina $39,180
New Mexico $36,310
Nebraska $44,240
Pennsylvania $40,630
Oregon $44,040
Ohio $42,290
Illinois $34,950
Oklahoma $34,080
Montana $19,180

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 recording engineers but more than lyricists.

Career Median Salary
Recording engineer salary $34K
Singer salary $36K
Talent agent salary $39K
Music promoter salary $31K
Piano tuner salary $36K
Composer salary $29K
Audio engineer salary $32K
Lyricist salary $26K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)