Music directors and composers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
37k
Average Age
47.7
Estimated Job Growth
1.72%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$43,944
Average Male Salary
$55,440
Average Female Salary
$26,817

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Music directors and composers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Religious organizations is the industry that employs the most Music directors and composers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Music directors and composers, by average wage, is Motion pictures & video industries. Music directors and composers are paid most in Upper West Side & West Side PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in LA City (Central/Hancock Park & Mid-Wilshire) PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$43,944
AVERAGE SALARY
± $7,950

In 2020, Music directors and composers earned an average of $43,944, $12,010 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Hazardous materials removal workers make somewhat more than Music directors and composers while Legal secretaries and administrative assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Music directors and composers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.565
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Music directors and composers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.565, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Music directors and composers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Music directors and composers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Music directors and composers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

37k
2020 Workforce
± 4,720
2.76%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 17.7%

The number of people employed as Music directors and composers has been growing at a rate of 2.76%, from 35,977 people in 2019 to 36,969 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Music directors and composers employed by various industries. Religious organizations employs the largest share of Music directors and composers at  56.8%, followed by Independent artists, writers, and performers with 9.09% and Performing arts companies with 8.34%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Music directors and composers in the US. The average age of male Music directors and composers in the workforce is 45 and of female Music directors and composers is 51.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Music directors and composers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

22.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,651
14.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,991

59.8% of Music directors and composers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Music directors and composers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Music directors and composers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

76.3% of Music directors and composers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.33% of Music directors and composers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Music directors and composers.

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Age by Sex

45
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.76
51.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.75

The median age of Music directors and composers is 47.7, and Male employees are generally 6.53 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Music directors and composers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Music directors and composers is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Music directors and composers hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Music Directors and Composers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Music Directors and Composers are expected to see a growth of 1.72% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

1.72%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Music Directors and Composers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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