Session musicians are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, session musicians rate their career happiness 4.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 8% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy session musicians are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Composer
4.2
$52k
Musician
4.1
$57k
Audio engineer
3.9
$53k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are session musicians happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do session musicians find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as session musicians?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are session musician’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are session musicians making the best use of their abilities?

Are session musicians happy with their salary?