Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-2041 Music Directors and Composers

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


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)
24,940 2.1 % $25.68 $53,420 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.31 $16.85 $22.77 $30.26 $41.40
Annual Wage (2) $21,450 $35,050 $47,350 $62,950 $86,110


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)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 16,060 0.19 $24.17 $50,270
Religious Organizations 4,250 2.31 $23.45 $48,770
Performing Arts Companies 2,370 2.03 $32.16 $66,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 370 0.01 $26.27 $54,650
Other Schools and Instruction 370 0.10 $32.44 $67,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 4,250 2.31 $23.45 $48,770
Performing Arts Companies 2,370 2.03 $32.16 $66,900
Sound Recording Industries 150 0.91 $35.93 $74,730
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.65 $48.40 $100,660
Elementary and Secondary Schools 16,060 0.19 $24.17 $50,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.65 $48.40 $100,660
Junior Colleges 90 0.01 $41.47 $86,260
Sound Recording Industries 150 0.91 $35.93 $74,730
Other Schools and Instruction 370 0.10 $32.44 $67,470
Performing Arts Companies 2,370 2.03 $32.16 $66,900


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 3,200 0.37 1.96 $32.32 $67,220
California 2,530 0.18 0.92 $29.87 $62,140
Texas 1,920 0.18 0.95 $23.59 $49,060
Illinois 1,460 0.26 1.35 $26.66 $55,450
Pennsylvania 1,330 0.24 1.24 $25.68 $53,410




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)
Montana 240 0.56 2.91 $17.38 $36,160
Oregon 810 0.50 2.62 $23.55 $48,990
Kansas 660 0.50 2.62 $20.71 $43,090
Iowa 630 0.43 2.25 $22.14 $46,060
New York 3,200 0.37 1.96 $32.32 $67,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 30 0.08 0.40 $39.23 $81,600
Washington 150 0.05 0.29 $32.86 $68,360
New York 3,200 0.37 1.96 $32.32 $67,220
District of Columbia 100 0.15 0.77 $29.96 $62,310
California 2,530 0.18 0.92 $29.87 $62,140





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 1,500 0.29 1.52 $40.58 $84,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 840 0.23 1.20 $29.08 $60,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 600 0.28 1.49 $20.14 $41,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.10 0.54 $33.14 $68,930
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 380 0.38 2.00 $20.92 $43,510
Rochester, NY 370 0.76 3.96 $21.71 $45,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 370 0.20 1.06 $30.44 $63,310
Kansas City, MO-KS 360 0.37 1.91 $22.88 $47,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 0.91 $22.38 $46,560
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 300 0.25 1.30 $40.53 $84,300




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)
Missoula, MT 70 1.20 6.29 $20.19 $42,000
Sheboygan, WI 50 0.92 4.80 $17.97 $37,380
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 60 0.87 4.55 $21.47 $44,650
Salem, OR 120 0.86 4.47 $24.33 $50,600
Rochester, NY 370 0.76 3.96 $21.71 $45,160
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.76 3.95 $25.58 $53,200
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 40 0.63 3.30 $22.70 $47,210
Joplin, MO 50 0.60 3.15 $21.60 $44,940
Jefferson City, MO 40 0.58 3.05 $16.19 $33,680
Janesville, WI 40 0.58 3.05 $20.99 $43,660




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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,500 0.29 1.52 $40.58 $84,410
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 300 0.25 1.30 $40.53 $84,300
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 260 0.21 1.09 $40.38 $84,000
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.11 0.57 $37.68 $78,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.33 $37.21 $77,400
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 110 0.28 1.48 $33.30 $69,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.10 0.54 $33.14 $68,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 220 0.21 1.12 $32.55 $67,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 260 0.15 0.80 $31.97 $66,500
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.56 $65,650

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 250 0.66 3.43 $21.41 $44,530
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 4.47 $21.30 $44,290
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 4.71 $23.26 $48,380
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.55 2.87 $23.35 $48,560
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.63 3.31 $24.76 $51,500

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)
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.95 4.94 $17.39 $36,170
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 4.71 $23.26 $48,380
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 4.47 $21.30 $44,290
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 4.37 $26.68 $55,500
North Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.77 4.02 $25.28 $52,580

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)
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 2.13 $31.96 $66,470
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.60 3.11 $29.45 $61,250
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 2.31 $28.60 $59,500
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 1.85 $27.23 $56,630
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.84 4.37 $26.68 $55,500


About May 2012 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.

(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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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