Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
39,260 4.1 % $32.10 (4) 2.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.88 $12.92 $23.74 $40.05 $68.63
(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 20,650 17.59 $35.26 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,230 4.43 $27.72 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,580 3.17 $38.51 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 950 0.03 $23.43 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 940 0.89 $31.73 (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 20,650 17.59 $35.26 (4)
Religious Organizations 8,230 4.43 $27.72 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 1,580 3.17 $38.51 (4)
Sound Recording Industries 140 0.90 $27.23 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 940 0.89 $31.73 (4)

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 1,580 3.17 $38.51 (4)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $35.81 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 20,650 17.59 $35.26 (4)
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services 50 0.03 $34.31 (4)
Traveler Accommodation (8) (8) $32.01 (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 6,470 0.44 1.49 $43.82 (4)
New York 6,340 0.73 2.48 $37.04 (4)
Tennessee 2,500 0.92 3.12 $34.45 (4)
Florida 2,260 0.30 1.02 $27.83 (4)
Texas 1,800 0.16 0.56 $24.37 (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 2,500 0.92 3.12 $34.45 (4)
Hawaii 530 0.87 2.94 (8) (4)
Oregon 1,320 0.80 2.71 $29.66 (4)
New York 6,340 0.73 2.48 $37.04 (4)
Montana 290 0.65 2.21 $15.81 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oklahoma 260 0.16 0.56 $46.08 (4)
California 6,470 0.44 1.49 $43.82 (4)
Maryland 460 0.18 0.62 $43.72 (4)
Georgia 500 0.13 0.44 $38.10 (4)
Arkansas (8) (8) (8) $37.59 (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 4,010 0.76 2.58 $40.08 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,510 0.63 2.13 $53.47 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.30 1.02 $17.91 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.76 2.56 (8) (4)
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 720 0.85 2.86 $20.94 (4)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 690 0.56 1.88 (8) (4)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 670 0.65 2.20 $31.40 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.27 0.90 $30.35 (4)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 620 0.43 1.44 $30.22 (4)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 540 0.53 1.80 $22.66 (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)
Corvallis, OR 60 1.90 6.41 $32.59 (4)
Billings, MT 160 1.88 6.36 $10.83 (4)
Glens Falls, NY 80 1.45 4.89 $9.81 (4)
Eugene-Springfield, OR 200 1.41 4.78 $28.14 (4)
Binghamton, NY 130 1.23 4.17 $27.45 (4)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 170 0.98 3.31 $46.60 (4)
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 720 0.85 2.86 $20.94 (4)
Appleton, WI 100 0.84 2.84 $12.79 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.76 2.56 (8) (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,010 0.76 2.58 $40.08 (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 2,510 0.63 2.13 $53.47 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.51 1.73 $48.27 (4)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 320 0.25 0.83 $47.26 (4)
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 170 0.98 3.31 $46.60 (4)
Madison, WI 40 0.10 0.35 $45.89 (4)
Dayton, OH 150 0.41 1.40 $42.88 (4)
Pittsburgh, PA 390 0.35 1.18 $42.55 (4)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 40 0.34 1.14 $40.29 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,010 0.76 2.58 $40.08 (4)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 350 0.15 0.52 $40.05 (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 270 1.65 5.57 (8) (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 130 1.89 6.39 $25.61 (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.52 1.77 (8) (4)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 1.08 3.66 $24.89 (4)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.24 0.80 (8) (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 130 1.89 6.39 $25.61 (4)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 270 1.65 5.57 (8) (4)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 1.08 3.66 $24.89 (4)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 1.85 (8) (4)
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 120 0.52 1.77 (8) (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)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 130 1.89 6.39 $25.61 (4)
Southern Oregon & Linn County nonmetropolitan area 100 1.08 3.66 $24.89 (4)
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 1.75 $23.62 (4)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.00 (4)
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 1.85 $0.00 (4)


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.

(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 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

Recommend this page using: