Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
21,880 2.3 % $26.55 $55,230 1.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.39 $16.88 $23.16 $31.77 $44.16
Annual Wage (2) $21,610 $35,100 $48,180 $66,080 $91,860


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 12,120 0.15 $25.16 $52,340
Religious Organizations 4,740 2.52 $23.35 $48,570
Performing Arts Companies 2,620 2.19 $33.03 $68,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 410 0.01 $26.81 $55,770
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 340 0.63 $39.65 $82,470

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 4,740 2.52 $23.35 $48,570
Performing Arts Companies 2,620 2.19 $33.03 $68,690
Sound Recording Industries 170 1.06 $27.87 $57,970
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 340 0.63 $39.65 $82,470
Elementary and Secondary Schools 12,120 0.15 $25.16 $52,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 140 0.02 $40.45 $84,130
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 340 0.63 $39.65 $82,470
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services 30 0.01 $38.03 $79,100
Performing Arts Companies 2,620 2.19 $33.03 $68,690
Civic and Social Organizations (8) (8) $29.24 $60,820


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 3,480 0.40 2.44 $32.28 $67,150
California 2,650 0.18 1.08 $28.48 $59,240
Illinois 1,190 0.21 1.28 $32.59 $67,780
Pennsylvania 960 0.17 1.05 $22.20 $46,170
Ohio 950 0.18 1.13 $25.66 $53,380




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 770 0.46 2.84 $20.91 $43,500
Montana 200 0.45 2.80 $18.03 $37,510
Rhode Island 190 0.41 2.51 $27.35 $56,890
New York 3,480 0.40 2.44 $32.28 $67,150
Kansas 420 0.31 1.90 $20.38 $42,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 80 0.07 0.40 $33.78 $70,250
Illinois 1,190 0.21 1.28 $32.59 $67,780
New York 3,480 0.40 2.44 $32.28 $67,150
New Mexico 100 0.12 0.76 $30.75 $63,950
Massachusetts 510 0.15 0.95 $28.86 $60,020





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 1,770 0.33 2.02 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.14 0.89 $30.43 $63,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 510 0.14 0.84 $30.81 $64,090
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 390 0.31 1.91 $39.24 $81,620
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 340 0.32 1.99 $19.42 $40,380
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.17 1.06 $27.86 $57,950
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 290 0.12 0.75 $27.38 $56,940
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 270 0.15 0.94 $31.24 $64,970
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.25 1.52 $32.32 $67,230
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 260 0.32 1.95 $27.52 $57,240




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)
Salem, OR 130 0.85 5.25 $24.68 $51,340
Missoula, MT 50 0.85 5.27 $18.78 $39,060
Bend, OR 50 0.80 4.97 $16.01 $33,300
Medford, OR 50 0.68 4.17 $19.14 $39,810
Billings, MT 60 0.68 4.21 $15.08 $31,360
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 150 0.59 3.64 $37.61 $78,230
El Centro, CA 30 0.59 3.63 $28.08 $58,410
Janesville, WI 30 0.56 3.44 $21.31 $44,320
Midland, TX 50 0.52 3.21 $23.13 $48,110
Gainesville, FL 60 0.47 2.92 $23.81 $49,520




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)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 390 0.31 1.91 $39.24 $81,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 0.63 $38.28 $79,630
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 150 0.59 3.64 $37.61 $78,230
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 40 0.21 1.28 $35.48 $73,790
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 70 0.08 0.50 $34.50 $71,760
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 0.61 $32.52 $67,640
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.14 0.84 $32.47 $67,540
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.25 1.52 $32.32 $67,230
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 270 0.15 0.94 $31.24 $64,970
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.16 1.01 $31.11 $64,710

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 200 0.50 3.11 $21.31 $44,330
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.72 4.47 $19.21 $39,950
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.61 3.75 $28.56 $59,410
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 3.77 $25.97 $54,010
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 3.19 $24.38 $50,720

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 40 1.33 8.23 $11.03 $22,950
North Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.76 4.71 $19.00 $39,530
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.72 4.47 $19.21 $39,950
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.68 4.19 $23.23 $48,320
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.13 $27.43 $57,060

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.73 $28.95 $60,210
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.61 3.75 $28.56 $59,410
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.54 $27.96 $58,150
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.13 $27.43 $57,060
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.34 2.13 $26.87 $55,890


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015