There are currently an estimated 172,400 musicians in the United States. The musician job market is expected to grow by 6.0% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are musicians?

CareerExplorer rates musicians with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 14,100 musicians. That number is based on 10,400 additional musicians, and the retirement of 3,700 existing musicians.

What’s the supply of musicians?

The musician industry is concentrated in New York, California, Tennessee

Musician job market by state

State Name Employed Musicians
New York 7,640
California 6,770
Tennessee 2,140
Florida 1,700
Illinois 1,610
Texas 1,570
Ohio 1,440
Michigan 1,380
Oregon 1,350
Pennsylvania 1,120
Washington 950
New Jersey 800
Virginia 770
Massachusetts 740
Missouri 710
Hawaii 700
Georgia 610
South Carolina 590
Maryland 580
Nevada 550
Colorado 530
Minnesota 470
Wisconsin 470
North Carolina 440
Indiana 400
Utah 400
Connecticut 360
Oklahoma 270
District of Columbia 220
West Virginia 180
Kansas 170
Kentucky 160
Louisiana 160
Montana 160
Nebraska 150
Rhode Island 150
Alabama 90
Vermont 80
South Dakota 60
Delaware 30