Musicians and singers

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2019 Workforce
113k
Average Age
45.8
Estimated Job Growth
0.911%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$36,482
Average Male Salary
$41,926
Average Female Salary
$27,180

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Musicians and singers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Religious organizations is the industry that employs the most Musicians and singers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Musicians and singers, by average wage, is Sound recording industries. Musicians and singers are paid most in LA City (Northwest/Canoga Park, Winnetka & Woodland Hills) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Nashville-Davidson (Central) PUMA, TN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$36,482
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,264

In 2019, Musicians and singers earned an average of $36,482, $19,042 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Pest control workers make somewhat more than Musicians and singers while Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Musicians and singers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.599
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Musicians and singers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.599, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Musicians and singers (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 Musicians and singers.

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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 Musicians and singers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Musicians and singers, by number of employees, are Religious organizations, Performing arts companies, and Independent artists, writers, and performers.

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Industries by Share

113k
2019 Workforce
± 8,243
14.7%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.33%

The number of people employed as Musicians and singers has been growing at a rate of 14.7%, from 98,330 people in 2018 to 112,801 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Musicians and singers employed by various industries. Religious organizations employs the largest share of Musicians and singers at  33.9%, followed by Performing arts companies with 21.9% and Independent artists, writers, and performers with 18.4%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Musicians and singers in the US. The average age of male Musicians and singers in the workforce is 42.4 and of female Musicians and singers is 51.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Musicians and singers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

71.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 6,548
41.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,010

63.1% of Musicians and singers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Musicians and singers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Musicians and singers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

72% of Musicians and singers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.9% of Musicians and singers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Musicians and singers.

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Age by Gender

42.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.59
51.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.39

The median age of Musicians and singers is 45.8, and Male employees are generally 9.05 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Musicians and Singers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Musicians and Singers are expected to see a growth of 0.911% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

0.911%
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 Musicians and Singers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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