Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

27-2042 Musicians and Singers

Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
42,530 3.1 % $31.74 (4) 3.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.63 $12.34 $22.99 $40.71 $66.01
(4)

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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 23,310 20.58 $34.85 (4)
Religious Organizations 7,310 3.97 $25.51 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 2,540 2.64 $42.14 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,910 4.00 $39.22 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,550 0.95 $20.56 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 23,310 20.58 $34.85 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,910 4.00 $39.22 (4)
Religious Organizations 7,310 3.97 $25.51 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 2,540 2.64 $42.14 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 1,550 0.95 $20.56 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 2,540 2.64 $42.14 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,910 4.00 $39.22 (4)
Traveler Accommodation 130 0.01 $35.30 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 23,310 20.58 $34.85 (4)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 220 0.06 $31.73 (4)


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,410 0.88 2.65 $41.32 (4)
California 7,360 0.52 1.58 $46.78 (4)
Florida 3,530 0.49 1.49 $15.78 (4)
Texas 2,090 0.20 0.61 $21.90 (4)
Tennessee 2,040 0.78 2.36 $31.51 (4)




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,410 0.88 2.65 $41.32 (4)
Tennessee 2,040 0.78 2.36 $31.51 (4)
Oregon 1,150 0.73 2.19 $35.52 (4)
Hawaii 410 0.71 2.14 $30.30 (4)
District of Columbia 400 0.62 1.86 $25.86 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 540 0.17 0.52 $53.91 (4)
Oklahoma 190 0.13 0.39 $47.37 (4)
California 7,360 0.52 1.58 $46.78 (4)
New York 7,410 0.88 2.65 $41.32 (4)
Georgia 890 0.24 0.71 $37.44 (4)





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,270 1.04 3.14 $45.74 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,800 0.73 2.21 $58.63 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,480 2.05 6.19 $37.70 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.97 2.91 $30.63 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.32 0.97 (8) (4)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 940 0.96 2.90 $12.47 (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 790 0.81 2.44 $35.89 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.79 2.39 $52.02 (4)
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 750 0.37 1.11 $17.70 (4)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 670 0.69 2.07 $18.73 (4)




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 1,480 2.05 6.19 $37.70 (4)
Naples-Marco Island, FL 190 1.72 5.19 $20.86 (4)
Binghamton, NY 180 1.66 5.02 $26.48 (4)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 210 1.28 3.85 $44.46 (4)
Utica-Rome, NY 150 1.25 3.78 $23.11 (4)
Appleton, WI 140 1.19 3.58 $11.57 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,270 1.04 3.14 $45.74 (4)
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 500 1.01 3.04 $16.49 (4)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 130 0.98 2.94 $35.16 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.97 2.91 $30.63 (4)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 100 0.34 1.03 $63.24 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,800 0.73 2.21 $58.63 (4)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 500 0.30 0.91 $55.55 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.79 2.39 $52.02 (4)
Oklahoma City, OK 180 0.31 0.94 $48.22 (4)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.24 0.73 $46.80 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,270 1.04 3.14 $45.74 (4)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 210 1.28 3.85 $44.46 (4)
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 290 0.25 0.76 $43.96 (4)
Spokane, WA (8) (8) (8) $42.97 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 2.81 $31.82 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 120 1.74 5.23 (8) (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.87 2.63 $15.58 (4)
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 2.50 $29.95 (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 3.28 $23.85 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 120 1.74 5.23 (8) (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 3.28 $23.85 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 2.81 $31.82 (4)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 120 0.87 2.63 $15.58 (4)
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 2.50 $29.95 (4)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.93 2.81 $31.82 (4)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.04 $30.03 (4)
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 80 0.83 2.50 $29.95 (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.09 3.28 $23.85 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 0.73 $22.89 (4)


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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