Learn about the types of people who become musicians. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2024

27% of musicians work in full-time roles while 73% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a musician. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming musicians at a ratio of 1.37 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

42% of musicians are female and 58% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a musician and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a musician and those who end up becoming one.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of musicians are White, making up 64% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Black or African American, making up 9% and 8% respectively.