How Much Do Music Composers and Arrangers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Music Composers and Arrangers

Music Composers and Arrangers write and transcribe musical scores.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$65720 per year
Hourly wage
$32 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$23,890 to $33,990 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Music Composers and Arrangers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $23,890 to $33,990 per year or $11 to $16 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Music Composers and Arrangers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $60 $124,390
Senior (Top 25%) $37 $76,000
Middle (Mid 50%) $25 $52,250
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $33,990
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $23,890

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
HI $44 $91,030
NY $39 $81,520
ID $37 $77,410
IN $36 $74,950
GA $36 $74,010
CA $35 $72,360
AZ $32 $66,560
FL $32 $66,070
TX $31 $65,450
AL $30 $63,070

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Music Composer and Arranger is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like HI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at HI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Music Composers and Arrangers are in the states of HI, NY, ID, IN and GA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $87390 $42.01
Junior Colleges $83960 $40.36
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $73850 $35.50
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $69410 $33.37
Performing Arts Companies $68240 $32.81
Sound Recording Industries $63090 $30.33
Social Advocacy Organizations $62800 $30.19
Religious Organizations $60860 $29.26
Elementary and Secondary Schools $59340 $28.53
Other Schools and Instruction $58360 $28.06
Civic and Social Organizations $48020 $23.09
Child Day Care Services $33660 $16.18
Radio and Television Broadcasting $ $*

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