Is the cost of this degree worth the salary it leads to?

After graduation, music and related studies graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $79,487, while the bottom 20% make closer to $22,519. The median grad salary is $42,308.

Music and Related Studies graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in music and related studies is $26,736, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $40,462.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for music and related studies graduates

The highest paying careers for music and related studies graduates are singer, piano accompanist, music artist and musician, with top salaries averaging around $83,207.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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