Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-2041 Music Directors and Composers

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
20,640 2.2 % $25.36 $52,750 2.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.44 $16.21 $22.10 $29.68 $40.88
Annual Wage (2) $21,720 $33,720 $45,970 $61,740 $85,020


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 12,140 0.14 $23.68 $49,260
Religious Organizations 4,510 2.44 $22.99 $47,810
Performing Arts Companies 2,110 1.86 $36.40 $75,710
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 280 0.01 $26.48 $55,070
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.61 $45.30 $94,220

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 4,510 2.44 $22.99 $47,810
Performing Arts Companies 2,110 1.86 $36.40 $75,710
Sound Recording Industries 250 1.49 $28.64 $59,580
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.61 $45.30 $94,220
Elementary and Secondary Schools 12,140 0.14 $23.68 $49,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 280 0.61 $45.30 $94,220
Junior Colleges 70 0.01 $38.37 $79,800
Performing Arts Companies 2,110 1.86 $36.40 $75,710
Sound Recording Industries 250 1.49 $28.64 $59,580
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 90 0.09 $28.19 $58,630


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,640 0.32 1.95 $29.94 $62,280
Texas 2,420 0.24 1.48 $23.39 $48,650
California 2,290 0.16 1.00 $33.51 $69,690
Illinois 1,380 0.25 1.54 $23.58 $49,050
Pennsylvania 1,000 0.18 1.12 $25.04 $52,090




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 240 0.56 3.44 $15.57 $32,390
Oregon 740 0.48 2.93 $26.19 $54,470
New York 2,640 0.32 1.95 $29.94 $62,280
Kansas 350 0.27 1.64 $20.13 $41,870
Illinois 1,380 0.25 1.54 $23.58 $49,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,290 0.16 1.00 $33.51 $69,690
Washington 110 0.04 0.26 $32.59 $67,790
New Jersey 420 0.11 0.69 $30.81 $64,080
New York 2,640 0.32 1.95 $29.94 $62,280
District of Columbia 120 0.18 1.12 $29.01 $60,330

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.21 1.28 $41.23 $85,750
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 880 0.25 1.53 $24.43 $50,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 830 0.41 2.54 $20.05 $41,710
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 450 0.46 2.85 $22.36 $46,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 0.71 $35.28 $73,380
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.38 2.35 $30.73 $63,910
Rochester, NY 300 0.62 3.84 $20.63 $42,920
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 300 0.12 0.73 $28.97 $60,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.13 0.79 $25.68 $53,410
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.27 1.64 $23.17 $48,200




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Missoula, MT 60 1.14 7.01 $16.69 $34,720
Corvallis, OR 40 1.13 6.95 (8) (8)
Longview, TX 60 0.64 3.94 $23.36 $48,590
Rochester, NY 300 0.62 3.84 $20.63 $42,920
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 140 0.56 3.47 $18.34 $38,150
Billings, MT 40 0.52 3.20 $12.08 $25,140
Spartanburg, SC 60 0.49 3.04 $21.78 $45,310
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 450 0.46 2.85 $22.36 $46,500
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 190 0.45 2.78 $19.54 $40,650
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 30 0.42 2.56 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.21 1.31 $52.60 $109,400
Salem, OR 50 0.34 2.09 $42.72 $88,850
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,040 0.21 1.28 $41.23 $85,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.27 $38.89 $80,880
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.51 $37.70 $78,420
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 70 0.08 0.46 $37.56 $78,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.12 0.71 $35.28 $73,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 1.34 $33.68 $70,050
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 100 0.12 0.73 $32.93 $68,480
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.16 0.98 $32.47 $67,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.72 4.42 $25.04 $52,080
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.34 2.06 $19.33 $40,200
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 3.00 $24.22 $50,390
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.46 2.85 $20.28 $42,170
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 90 0.51 3.12 $22.73 $47,280

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 5.22 $27.12 $56,410
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.74 4.54 $16.92 $35,190
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.72 4.42 $25.04 $52,080
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 4.16 $22.99 $47,830
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 70 0.64 3.93 $20.90 $43,460

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 0.51 3.14 $32.17 $66,910
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.40 2.46 $28.78 $59,870
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.38 $28.18 $58,620
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 1.26 $27.40 $57,000
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 5.22 $27.12 $56,410


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011