Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
37,090 3.2 % $33.62 (4) 2.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.20 $13.20 $24.20 $44.01 $68.98
  (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 19,440 16.23 $37.00 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,410 4.45 $31.35 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,930 0.06 $25.34 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,230 2.33 $33.30 (4)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,010 0.01 $25.07 (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 19,440 16.23 $37.00 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,410 4.45 $31.35 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,230 2.33 $33.30 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 180 1.12 $33.78 (4)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 180 0.80 $35.10 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 100 0.05 $37.85 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 19,440 16.23 $37.00 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 980 0.79 $36.76 (4)
Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures 180 0.80 $35.10 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 180 1.12 $33.78 (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 6,560 0.73 2.72 $44.07 (4)
California 6,380 0.41 1.53 $39.79 (4)
Florida 1,870 0.24 0.88 $34.93 (4)
Texas 1,780 0.15 0.57 $31.48 (4)
Ohio 1,500 0.28 1.06 $22.42 (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)
Hawaii 600 0.96 3.57 $37.82 (4)
Oregon 1,480 0.85 3.18 $26.90 (4)
Rhode Island 350 0.75 2.79 $15.08 (4)
New York 6,560 0.73 2.72 $44.07 (4)
Tennessee 1,390 0.49 1.84 $38.40 (4)



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,560 0.73 2.72 $44.07 (4)
California 6,380 0.41 1.53 $39.79 (4)
Tennessee 1,390 0.49 1.84 $38.40 (4)
Hawaii 600 0.96 3.57 $37.82 (4)
Vermont (8) (8) (8) $35.33 (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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,470 0.69 2.56 $49.68 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.68 2.55 $42.69 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,040 1.18 4.37 $41.24 (4)
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 800 0.52 1.94 $39.87 (4)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 790 0.22 0.82 $30.88 (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 760 0.70 2.61 $22.82 (4)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 720 0.57 2.11 $46.92 (4)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 720 0.71 2.62 $32.91 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 710 0.30 1.10 $27.94 (4)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.40 1.49 $34.98 (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)
Medford, OR 140 1.73 6.43 $39.27 (4)
Eugene, OR 240 1.63 6.05 $35.34 (4)
Corvallis, OR 50 1.37 5.11 $27.53 (4)
Albany, OR 50 1.31 4.85 $12.93 (4)
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 140 1.21 4.49 (8) (8)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,040 1.18 4.37 $41.24 (4)
Binghamton, NY 110 1.08 4.01 $31.98 (4)
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 470 0.86 3.21 $25.52 (4)
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 120 0.84 3.14 $33.95 (4)
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 100 0.75 2.79 $18.93 (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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,470 0.69 2.56 $49.68 (4)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.42 1.56 $48.12 (4)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 720 0.57 2.11 $46.92 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,810 0.68 2.55 $42.69 (4)
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.36 1.32 $42.10 (4)
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $41.56 (4)
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 190 0.10 0.38 $41.51 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,040 1.18 4.37 $41.24 (4)
Springfield, MA-CT (8) (8) (8) $40.70 (4)
Oklahoma City, OK 210 0.34 1.27 $40.62 (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)
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.70 10.05 $23.75 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 160 1.65 6.14 (8) (8)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 2.12 7.88 $23.02 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.41 1.53 $12.20 (4)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 1.70 (8) (8)

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)
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.70 10.05 $23.75 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 2.12 7.88 $23.02 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 160 1.65 6.14 (8) (8)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.48 1.80 (8) (8)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 1.70 (8) (8)

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)
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 170 2.70 10.05 $23.75 (4)
East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 1.05 $23.20 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 150 2.12 7.88 $23.02 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.41 1.53 $12.20 (4)


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016