Career Attributes

  • $35,830
  • 74,800
  • 4.2
  • 5.7%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Music
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How much does a Composer make in the United States?

Average Composer Yearly Salary in the United States

Composers earn an average yearly salary of $35,831. Salaries typically start from $14,095 and go up to $66,533.

Average Composer Hourly Wage in the United States

Composers earn an average hourly wage of $17.23. Hourly wages typically start from $6.78 and go up to $31.99.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Employment Type Mix

21%
Full-Time
79%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Composer demographics

Salary Satisfaction

2.4
SCORE
420
RATINGS
Composers average a score of 2.4 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Composers in the 2th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Composer satisfaction

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Composer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Composer Earnings

The highest earning Composers in the United States earn:

$31.99
an hour
$66,532.9
per year
Senior Composer Earnings

Senior Composers in the United States earn:

$20.42
an hour
$42,471.5
per year
Experienced Composer Earnings

Experienced Composers in the United States earn:

$12.38
an hour
$25,752.3
per year
Junior Composer Earnings

Junior Composers in the United States earn:

$9.00
an hour
$18,720.0
per year
Starting Composer Earnings

Starting Composers in the United States earn:

$6.78
an hour
$14,095.1
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Composer Salary Comparison

Composers earn more than 32% percent of similar careers in the United States.

DJ Salary $43k
Musician Salary $42k
Choir Director Salary $41k
Piano Tuner Salary $39k
Live Sound Engineer Salary $36k
Composer Salary $35k
Music Promoter Salary $32k
Music Business Manager Salary $31k
Music Artist Salary $30k
Recording Engineer Salary $29k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Composer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Composer Salary in United States $17.23 $35,830.9 # 1
Composer Salary in California $14.16 $29,455.5 # 2

Career Attributes

  • $35,830
  • 74,800
  • 4.2
  • 5.7%
  • Certificate or Associate's degree
  • Music
More Attributes