Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
9,470 12.9 % $22.13 $46,020 7.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.57 $11.56 $16.73 $25.35 $42.25
Annual Wage (2) $17,820 $24,050 $34,800 $52,730 $87,890

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Performing arts companies 3,130 $22.29 $46,360
Religious organizations 3,030 $20.15 $41,900
Elementary and secondary schools 310 $19.48 $40,520
Colleges and universities 290 $21.42 $44,560
Sound recording industries 250 $24.45 $50,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion picture and video industries 170 $36.41 $75,720
Junior colleges 30 $31.61 $65,740
Other schools and instruction (7) $26.00 $54,070
Sound recording industries 250 $24.45 $50,860
Radio and television broadcasting 180 $22.32 $46,430

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
Oregon 550 $24.69 $51,350 0.035%
Rhode Island 120 $16.91 $35,160 0.025%
New York 2,050 $26.61 $55,350 0.025%
California 2,760 $18.43 $38,340 0.019%
Hawaii 80 $21.94 $45,640 0.014%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Missouri 40 $42.11 $87,590 0.002%
Washington 80 $37.16 $77,300 0.003%
North Carolina 70 $29.29 $60,920 0.002%
Massachusetts 70 $28.56 $59,410 0.002%
New York 2,050 $26.61 $55,350 0.025%

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
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 1,850 $15.03 $31,260 0.046%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 30 (7) (7) 0.038%
Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI MSA 60 $14.27 $29,680 0.030%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 270 $28.22 $58,700 0.028%
Ventura, CA PMSA 60 (7) (7) 0.020%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 90 $40.87 $85,000 0.007%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 40 $30.53 $63,490 0.002%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 270 $28.22 $58,700 0.028%
Honolulu, HI MSA 50 $26.59 $55,310 0.012%
Atlanta, GA MSA (7) $24.98 $51,970 (7)

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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