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

How do composer salaries compare to similar careers?

Composers earn 7% less than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make less than music teachers but more than music therapists.

Career Median Salary
Music teacher salary $69K
Musician salary $58K
Music artist salary $59K
Music business manager salary $32K
Audio engineer salary $52K
Conductor salary $50K
Composer salary $50K
Live sound engineer salary $31K
Luthier salary $31K
Music therapist salary $48K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)