Musician Salary

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How much does a musician make? The earning power of musicians varies because of the wide variety of jobs available for musicians. Musicians play music, compose music or sing. Musicians can perform solo or as part of a group, in movies or on television, as part of a band, orchestra or other type of musical group. Musical performers entertain on television, in movies, video, radio and other mediums. Musicians who play instruments often spend time in local gigs for pay or traveling across the country in a band. Time spent practicing music is part of the job of a paid musician.

How much does a musician make?
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Competition for musical jobs is high. The rate of earnings can be lower due to the number of talented musicians vying for paying music jobs. Few musicians or singers earn enough money to support themselves and must work a second job to make a living. Musicians deal with rejection from job auditions, night time work and weekend work, making this profession a difficult one where people often fail to succeed. Some musicians supplement their professional music income by teaching music in school or private settings.

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report in May of 2008, musicians, music directors, composers, singers, and other related workers held 240,000 paying music jobs in 2008. The outlook for musicians shows the number of jobs will grow as fast as average in other occupations through 2018. High levels of competition for musician jobs, particularly full-time jobs, is expected to continue. Musicians who are skilled at playing multiple instruments and music styles have the best future job prospects. Musicians employed in symphony orchestras generally have gainful work guaranteed through a season, up to 52 weeks a year. Often musicians may face long periods of unemployment between jobs, similar to the acting profession.

According to O*Net Online occupation profile, there were 186,000 musicians employed in 2008, with projected job openings of 51,900 positions in 2008-2018.

How much does a musician make an hour?

A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows in May of 2008 that musicians earned an average hourly wage of $28.28.

Industry And Hourly Wages

Performing Arts Companies $31.37

Religious Organizations $20.92

Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $36.00

Amusement Parks and Arcades $23.25

Elementary and Secondary Schools $21.38

How much does a musician make a year? reports that the average salary for a musician in 2010 is $74,000 a year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows in a May 2009 report that the median salary for musicians is $47,260.

Musicians may belong to a number of associations, including musicians working for broadcast industries may belong to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, singers who perform live may join the American Guild of Musical Artists, and local musicians may join a local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians.

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