How Much Do Instrumental Musicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Instrumental Musicians

Instrumental Musicians play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Salary
$42 per hour
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Education
Bachelor's degree
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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

Hourly wage
$42 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Instrumental Musicians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $11 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.


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Salary rank

Salary rank
D

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Instrumental Musicians 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%) $87 $*
Senior (Top 25%) $55 $*
Middle (Mid 50%) $31 $*
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $*
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $*
* Instrumental Musicians are generally paid on an hourly basis.

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
GA $67 $*
IN $53 $*
AZ $52 $*
NV $51 $*
IL $49 $*
CA $49 $*
NY $46 $*
OH $44 $*
NJ $44 $*
FL $43 $*

* Instrumental Musicians are generally paid on an hourly basis not yearly.

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Instrumental Musicians are in the states of GA, IN, AZ, NV and IL.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $ $27.50
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) $ $31.99
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $ $29.95
Death Care Services $ $49.09
Other Schools and Instruction $ $32.98
Religious Organizations $ $38.27
Individual and Family Services $ $45.91
Civic and Social Organizations $ $17.71
Performing Arts Companies $ $48.47
Local Government $ $37.60
General Merchandise Stores $ $19.36
Spectator Sports $ $25.20
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water $ $21.35
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $ $50.74
Motion Picture and Video Industries $ $*
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $ $35.27
Sound Recording Industries $ $*
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $ $12.33
Employment Services $ $*
Amusement Parks and Arcades $ $14.87
Elementary and Secondary Schools $ $29.77
Traveler Accommodation $ $*

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