Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005

27-2042 Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or entertain by singing songs in recital, in accompaniment, or as a member of an orchestra, band, or other musical group. Musical performers may entertain on-stage, radio, TV, film, video, or record in studios. Exclude "Dancers" (27-2031).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
50,410 3.9 % $25.16 (6) 3.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.80 $10.91 $17.90 $32.16 $52.78
(6)

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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Performing arts companies 29,980 $25.89 (6)
Religious organizations 7,390 $17.85 (6)
Promoters of performing arts and sports 1,840 $28.55 (6)
Independent artists, writers, and performers 1,310 $32.97 (6)
Other schools and instruction 780 $18.36 (6)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion picture and video industries 470 $39.04 (6)
Independent artists, writers, and performers 1,310 $32.97 (6)
Traveler accommodation 80 $29.96 (6)
Promoters of performing arts and sports 1,840 $28.55 (6)
Sound recording industries (8) $26.53 (6)

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 740 $29.91 (6) 0.127%
New York 10,140 $20.82 (6) 0.122%
Nevada 920 $36.88 (6) 0.077%
Tennessee 1,920 $22.35 (6) 0.071%
Montana 280 $7.06 (6) 0.068%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Washington 1,260 $38.81 (6) 0.047%
Nevada 920 $36.88 (6) 0.077%
California 9,300 $36.66 (6) 0.063%
Minnesota 730 $34.95 (6) 0.028%
Oklahoma 260 $33.37 (6) 0.018%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Nashville-Davidson—Murfreesboro, TN 1,350 $22.93 (6) 0.187%
Honolulu, HI 680 $29.73 (6) 0.160%
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,260 $24.13 (6) 0.148%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,470 $42.72 (6) 0.111%
Rochester, NY 460 $11.57 (6) 0.093%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 900 $44.78 (6) 0.068%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,470 $42.72 (6) 0.111%
Oklahoma City, OK 190 $40.96 (6) 0.035%
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 530 $40.38 (6) 0.031%
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 790 $40.10 (6) 0.093%

About May 2005 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.

(6) There is wide variation in the number of hours worked by those employed as actors, dancers, musicians, and singers. Many jobs are for a duration of 1 day or 1 week and it is extremely rare for a performer to have guaranteed employment for a period that exceeds 3 to 6 months.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2005 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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May 2005 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2005 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 24, 2006

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