Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
21,540 2.6 % $28.38 $59,040 2.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.13 $16.92 $23.95 $33.74 $48.63
Annual Wage (2) $21,070 $35,200 $49,820 $70,180 $101,150


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 11,070 0.13 $26.51 $55,130
Religious Organizations 4,630 2.45 $25.42 $52,880
Performing Arts Companies 3,160 2.64 $33.29 $69,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 470 0.02 $29.88 $62,150
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.69 $48.91 $101,720

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 3,160 2.64 $33.29 $69,250
Religious Organizations 4,630 2.45 $25.42 $52,880
Sound Recording Industries 240 1.48 $30.62 $63,690
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.69 $48.91 $101,720
Elementary and Secondary Schools 11,070 0.13 $26.51 $55,130

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 370 0.69 $48.91 $101,720
Performing Arts Companies 3,160 2.64 $33.29 $69,250
Junior Colleges 150 0.02 $32.68 $67,980
Sound Recording Industries 240 1.48 $30.62 $63,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 470 0.02 $29.88 $62,150


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 3,470 0.39 2.47 $37.04 $77,040
California 2,650 0.17 1.10 $29.04 $60,410
Illinois 1,270 0.22 1.39 $32.55 $67,710
Texas 1,210 0.10 0.67 $26.83 $55,800
Ohio 1,120 0.21 1.35 $29.13 $60,590




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)
Oregon 810 0.47 3.00 $21.44 $44,600
New York 3,470 0.39 2.47 $37.04 $77,040
Montana 160 0.37 2.36 $17.50 $36,400
Rhode Island 160 0.34 2.18 $28.21 $58,680
Connecticut 430 0.26 1.68 $20.86 $43,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,470 0.39 2.47 $37.04 $77,040
Massachusetts 570 0.17 1.08 $33.18 $69,020
Washington 220 0.07 0.47 $32.92 $68,480
Illinois 1,270 0.22 1.39 $32.55 $67,710
Ohio 1,120 0.21 1.35 $29.13 $60,590





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.24 1.53 $40.62 $84,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.17 1.09 $29.71 $61,800
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 560 0.44 2.81 (8) (8)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 520 0.15 0.93 $31.30 $65,100
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 350 0.20 1.28 $33.16 $68,980
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 320 0.30 1.89 $18.74 $38,980
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 280 0.39 2.49 $28.70 $59,700
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.18 1.18 $28.44 $59,150
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 280 0.11 0.72 $27.22 $56,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 270 0.11 0.73 $29.58 $61,520




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)
Peoria, IL 250 1.42 9.06 (8) (8)
Bend-Redmond, OR 70 0.94 6.02 $22.21 $46,190
Canton-Massillon, OH 150 0.91 5.85 (8) (8)
Albany, OR 40 0.89 5.67 $15.85 $32,970
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.79 5.05 $46.85 $97,450
Salem, OR 120 0.75 4.80 $29.61 $61,600
Medford, OR 60 0.74 4.73 $19.13 $39,790
Kankakee, IL 30 0.73 4.66 $22.00 $45,770
Billings, MT 50 0.60 3.82 $15.47 $32,170
Midland, TX 50 0.55 3.51 $24.48 $50,920




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)
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.79 5.05 $46.85 $97,450
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.24 1.53 $40.62 $84,480
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 40 0.16 1.00 $39.93 $83,060
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.09 0.58 $39.54 $82,250
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.10 $79,250
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 30 0.25 1.60 $36.76 $76,470
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 70 0.16 1.03 $35.67 $74,180
Trenton, NJ 40 0.20 1.26 $35.65 $74,160
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 220 0.21 1.36 $33.97 $70,660
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.52 3.30 $33.95 $70,610

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 5.80 $20.08 $41,770
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.75 4.79 $26.68 $55,490
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 90 0.28 1.82 $25.64 $53,320
Northeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 4.03 $20.38 $42,400
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 1.80 $28.79 $59,890

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)
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 1.53 9.77 $10.74 $22,330
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.16 7.42 $32.12 $66,820
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 40 1.05 6.75 $24.19 $50,310
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 170 0.91 5.80 $20.08 $41,770
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.75 4.79 $26.68 $55,490

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 Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.16 7.42 $32.12 $66,820
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.28 1.80 $28.79 $59,890
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 2.23 $27.16 $56,480
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 1.46 $27.04 $56,240
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.23 1.49 $26.76 $55,670


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016