Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

27-2042 Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.


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)
43,350 3.2 % $30.22 (4) 3.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.50 $12.94 $22.39 $39.54 $60.02
  (4)

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)
Performing Arts Companies 24,970 22.02 $33.67 (4)
Religious Organizations 7,090 3.84 $22.20 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 2,460 2.58 $40.22 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,630 3.59 $31.23 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,550 0.97 $19.77 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 24,970 22.02 $33.67 (4)
Religious Organizations 7,090 3.84 $22.20 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,630 3.59 $31.23 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 2,460 2.58 $40.22 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,550 0.97 $19.77 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 2,460 2.58 $40.22 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 240 0.07 $35.00 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 24,970 22.02 $33.67 (4)
Traveler Accommodation 80 0.01 $31.40 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,630 3.59 $31.23 (4)


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 8,230 0.99 2.89 $35.09 (4)
California 7,410 0.53 1.55 $40.91 (4)
Florida 2,840 0.40 1.17 $15.81 (4)
Tennessee 2,230 0.87 2.55 $32.86 (4)
Texas 1,880 0.19 0.55 $21.67 (4)




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)
New York 8,230 0.99 2.89 $35.09 (4)
Tennessee 2,230 0.87 2.55 $32.86 (4)
Hawaii 430 0.76 2.23 $30.80 (4)
Oregon 1,160 0.74 2.18 $34.46 (4)
California 7,410 0.53 1.55 $40.91 (4)





Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,410 0.53 1.55 $40.91 (4)
Oklahoma 130 0.09 0.26 $36.04 (4)
New York 8,230 0.99 2.89 $35.09 (4)
Oregon 1,160 0.74 2.18 $34.46 (4)
Washington 960 0.36 1.05 $33.25 (4)

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 6,020 1.21 3.54 $39.06 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,010 0.79 2.31 $44.37 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,850 2.63 7.70 $36.28 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.87 2.56 $25.95 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.31 0.91 $24.90 (4)
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 810 0.85 2.49 $12.96 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.77 2.26 $53.49 (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 720 0.75 2.20 $35.15 (4)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 680 0.51 1.49 $35.42 (4)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 580 0.29 0.85 $16.27 (4)




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)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,850 2.63 7.70 $36.28 (4)
Naples-Marco Island, FL 190 1.70 4.97 $21.38 (4)
Binghamton, NY 180 1.69 4.96 $25.60 (4)
Corvallis, OR 40 1.29 3.79 $32.66 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,020 1.21 3.54 $39.06 (4)
Utica-Rome, NY 140 1.13 3.31 $16.15 (4)
Eugene-Springfield, OR 150 1.11 3.25 $38.16 (4)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 510 1.02 2.98 $13.83 (4)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 160 0.97 2.84 (8) (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.87 2.56 $25.95 (4)





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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.38 1.11 $54.97 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.77 2.26 $53.49 (4)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 170 0.20 0.59 $51.19 (4)
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 460 0.37 1.09 $49.51 (4)
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 130 0.78 2.28 $44.58 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,010 0.79 2.31 $44.37 (4)
Dayton, OH 180 0.50 1.45 $43.54 (4)
St. Louis, MO-IL 310 0.25 0.72 $42.96 (4)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 100 0.35 1.04 $42.75 (4)
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $40.46 (4)

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 Missouri nonmetropolitan area 220 3.03 8.89 $26.88 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 2.73 $31.88 (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.00 2.93 $16.31 (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.52 4.46 $24.56 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.64 1.87 $16.16 (4)

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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 220 3.03 8.89 $26.88 (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.52 4.46 $24.56 (4)
Linn County, Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 1.42 4.17 $16.63 (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 1.00 2.93 $16.31 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 2.73 $31.88 (4)

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)
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.59 (4)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 1.06 $32.02 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 2.73 $31.88 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 220 3.03 8.89 $26.88 (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 100 1.52 4.46 $24.56 (4)


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.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(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:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011