Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
23,190 2.3 % $26.23 $54,560 1.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.64 $16.96 $23.24 $31.21 $42.30
Annual Wage (2) $22,130 $35,280 $48,330 $64,910 $87,970


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 14,020 0.17 $24.72 $51,420
Religious Organizations 4,240 2.29 $22.56 $46,930
Performing Arts Companies 2,530 2.16 $32.02 $66,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 410 0.01 $26.88 $55,900
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 330 0.66 (8) (8)

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 4,240 2.29 $22.56 $46,930
Performing Arts Companies 2,530 2.16 $32.02 $66,610
Sound Recording Industries 200 1.23 $30.47 $63,370
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 330 0.66 (8) (8)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 14,020 0.17 $24.72 $51,420

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 $46.82 $97,390
Performing Arts Companies 2,530 2.16 $32.02 $66,610
Other Schools and Instruction 310 0.08 $31.99 $66,530
Sound Recording Industries 200 1.23 $30.47 $63,370
Radio and Television Broadcasting 180 0.08 $28.58 $59,440


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 3,090 0.36 2.05 $32.75 $68,130
California 2,480 0.17 0.96 $28.59 $59,470
Illinois 1,540 0.27 1.54 $32.19 $66,960
Pennsylvania 1,100 0.20 1.12 $23.10 $48,050
Texas 990 0.09 0.52 $26.81 $55,770




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 800 0.49 2.79 $20.54 $42,730
Montana 220 0.49 2.82 $17.93 $37,290
Rhode Island 190 0.41 2.35 $26.61 $55,340
Kansas 550 0.41 2.36 $20.73 $43,110
Iowa 550 0.37 2.09 $22.58 $46,960




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 3,090 0.36 2.05 $32.75 $68,130
Illinois 1,540 0.27 1.54 $32.19 $66,960
New Hampshire 70 0.12 0.69 $31.29 $65,090
Massachusetts 460 0.14 0.80 $29.65 $61,680
California 2,480 0.17 0.96 $28.59 $59,470





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 1,350 0.26 1.47 $40.61 $84,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 710 0.19 1.09 $31.36 $65,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 390 0.38 2.15 $18.56 $38,600
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 380 0.31 1.75 $42.07 $87,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 0.54 $30.69 $63,830
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 350 0.19 1.11 $24.62 $51,200
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 300 0.16 0.93 $28.50 $59,280
Rochester, NY 280 0.57 3.24 $24.29 $50,510
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 270 0.34 1.93 $30.54 $63,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 260 0.11 0.62 $25.83 $53,720




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 120 0.81 4.63 $19.20 $39,930
Mansfield, OH 40 0.80 4.60 $24.87 $51,730
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI 40 0.78 4.47 $13.79 $28,690
Missoula, MT 40 0.78 4.47 $19.29 $40,130
Springfield, OH 40 0.75 4.30 $28.47 $59,210
Medford, OR 60 0.73 4.17 $19.33 $40,200
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.71 4.08 $25.15 $52,310
Sheboygan, WI 40 0.68 3.87 $20.36 $42,350
Janesville, WI 40 0.68 3.88 $21.42 $44,550
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 30 0.66 3.75 $22.10 $45,970




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)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 160 0.11 0.63 $42.59 $88,590
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 380 0.31 1.75 $42.07 $87,500
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.26 1.47 $40.61 $84,470
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 40 0.15 0.86 $37.07 $77,110
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 50 0.06 0.35 $36.23 $75,370
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.23 1.33 $35.46 $73,760
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 250 0.14 0.81 $33.42 $69,520
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.25 1.42 $33.06 $68,770
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 50 0.29 1.68 $32.93 $68,490
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 100 0.25 1.45 $31.83 $66,210

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 230 0.60 3.42 $22.22 $46,210
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 0.92 5.29 $20.41 $42,460
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.89 5.10 $25.21 $52,430
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.44 2.54 $24.08 $50,080
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.43 2.46 $25.30 $52,620

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 100 1.14 6.52 $18.42 $38,320
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.95 5.44 $20.18 $41,970
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 0.92 5.29 $20.41 $42,460
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.89 5.10 $25.21 $52,430
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.76 4.34 $29.51 $61,390

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 40 0.36 2.04 $32.57 $67,730
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.07 $64,630
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.50 2.86 $29.76 $61,900
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.76 4.34 $29.51 $61,390
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.01 $28.73 $59,750


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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