Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
42,100 3.9 % $31.94 (4) 3.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.81 $13.07 $23.50 $40.15 $65.24
(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 22,500 19.30 $35.14 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,090 4.39 $26.35 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,830 3.72 $35.41 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,450 1.46 $47.36 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 960 0.55 $19.49 (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 22,500 19.30 $35.14 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,090 4.39 $26.35 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,830 3.72 $35.41 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 1,450 1.46 $47.36 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 190 1.13 $26.38 (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 1,450 1.46 $47.36 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $37.77 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,830 3.72 $35.41 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 22,500 19.30 $35.14 (4)
Traveler Accommodation 110 0.01 $32.97 (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)
California 7,060 0.49 1.53 $44.31 (4)
New York 6,760 0.79 2.45 $38.40 (4)
Tennessee 2,830 1.06 3.29 $34.01 (4)
Florida 2,640 0.36 1.12 $18.22 (4)
Ohio 1,800 0.36 1.10 $21.45 (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)
Tennessee 2,830 1.06 3.29 $34.01 (4)
Oregon 1,390 0.86 2.67 $29.56 (4)
New York 6,760 0.79 2.45 $38.40 (4)
District of Columbia 460 0.71 2.20 $27.47 (4)
Montana 280 0.64 1.98 $15.42 (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 520 0.16 0.50 $49.99 (4)
Oklahoma 220 0.14 0.44 $47.64 (4)
California 7,060 0.49 1.53 $44.31 (4)
Maryland 390 0.15 0.48 $41.33 (4)
New York 6,760 0.79 2.45 $38.40 (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 4,530 0.88 2.72 $40.87 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,670 0.69 2.13 $58.54 (4)
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 2,390 3.20 9.90 $36.97 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.81 2.52 $27.14 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.30 0.92 $17.25 (4)
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 870 0.86 2.66 $12.95 (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 810 0.81 2.49 $30.43 (4)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 670 0.38 1.19 $26.82 (4)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 670 0.55 1.69 (8) (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 640 0.27 0.85 $30.96 (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 2,390 3.20 9.90 $36.97 (4)
Corvallis, OR 70 2.02 6.24 $30.11 (4)
Naples-Marco Island, FL 200 1.70 5.26 $21.29 (4)
Billings, MT 140 1.69 5.23 $11.26 (4)
Glens Falls, NY 70 1.30 4.04 $9.50 (4)
Eugene-Springfield, OR 140 1.03 3.18 $26.79 (4)
Appleton, WI 120 1.01 3.14 $11.49 (4)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 160 0.95 2.95 $43.35 (4)
Great Falls, MT 30 0.93 2.87 (8) (4)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 0.89 2.75 (8) (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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,670 0.69 2.13 $58.54 (4)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 410 0.24 0.73 $58.12 (4)
Oklahoma City, OK 160 0.27 0.85 $52.97 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 620 0.62 1.93 $45.35 (4)
Dayton, OH 170 0.45 1.41 $43.84 (4)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.16 0.50 $43.67 (4)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 160 0.95 2.95 $43.35 (4)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 340 0.27 0.85 $43.06 (4)
Pittsburgh, PA 420 0.37 1.14 $43.04 (4)
Spokane, WA (8) (8) (8) $42.98 (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 0.91 2.82 $31.18 (4)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.29 0.90 (8) (4)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 1.06 3.28 $28.37 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.37 4.25 (8) (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.94 $25.39 (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 90 1.37 4.25 (8) (4)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 1.06 3.28 $28.37 (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 3.01 $19.08 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 0.91 2.82 $31.18 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 1.60 $22.44 (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 0.91 2.82 $31.18 (4)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.83 $29.48 (4)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 1.06 3.28 $28.37 (4)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 1.47 $27.48 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.30 0.94 $25.39 (4)


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.

(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 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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