2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Music Composers and Arrangers write and transcribe musical scores.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
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.
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.
|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
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|
|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|
|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||$16.18|
|Radio and Television Broadcasting||$||$*|