Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

27-2041 Music Directors and Composers

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

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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)
9,000 13.9 % (4) $41,450 4.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Annual Wage (2) $14,870 $24,590 $32,530 $49,460 $72,710
(4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Performing arts companies 3,710 (4) $41,030 1 7
Religious organizations 2,810 (4) $32,520 2 12
Colleges and universities 650 (4) $43,570 3 6
Elementary and secondary schools 270 (4) $38,060 4 10
Junior colleges 80 (4) $60,470 5 4

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Motion picture and video industries (6) (4) $112,920 (6) 1
Sound recording industries (6) (4) $64,740 (6) 2
Amusement parks and arcades (6) (4) $64,690 (6) 3
Junior colleges 80 (4) $60,470 5 4
Management of companies and enterprises 40 (4) $45,350 7 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Oregon 490 (4) $48,320 0.032% 160
New York 2,250 (4) $43,390 0.027% 319
Montana 70 (4) $21,170 0.018% 470
Hawaii 90 (4) $32,930 0.016% 307
California 2,060 (4) $38,190 0.014% 399

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Missouri 50 (4) $74,360 0.002% 32
Connecticut 60 (4) $73,810 0.004% 71
Illinois 180 (4) $64,560 0.003% 70
North Carolina 160 (4) $57,610 0.004% 95
Washington 80 (4) $55,120 0.003% 167

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Fe, NM MSA 40 (4) $34,000 0.054%
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA 80 (4) $48,640 0.029%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 260 (4) $47,390 0.028%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 260 (4) $42,930 0.027%
Oakland, CA PMSA 200 (4) $44,540 0.020%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago, IL PMSA 110 (4) $84,250 0.003%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 50 (4) $65,830 0.008%
Dallas, TX PMSA 40 (4) $61,780 0.002%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 90 (4) $57,300 0.003%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 30 (4) $51,550 0.013%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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