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How much does a Composer make in the United States?

Average Composer Hourly Wage in the United States

Composers earn a median hourly wage of $23.95. Hourly wages typically start from $10.13 and go up to $48.63.

Average Composer Yearly Salary in the United States

Composers earn a median salary of $49,820 per year. Salaries typically start from $21,070 and go up to $101,150.

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Composer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Composer Earnings

The highest earning Composers in the United States earn:

$48.63
an hour
$101,150
per year
Senior Composer Earnings

Senior Composers in the United States earn:

$33.74
an hour
$70,180
per year
Experienced Composer Earnings

Experienced Composers in the United States earn:

$23.95
an hour
$49,820
per year
Junior Composer Earnings

Junior Composers in the United States earn:

$16.92
an hour
$35,200
per year
Starting Composer Earnings

Starting Composers in the United States earn:

$10.13
an hour
$21,070
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Composer salary comparison

Composers earn more than 65% percent of Arts careers. Composer salaries are in the top 67% of all careers in the United States.

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Historical salary for Composers in the United States

Composer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Composer Salary in New York $25.85 $53,780 # 1
Composer Salary in Massachusetts $29.21 $60,750 # 2
Composer Salary in Washington $30.05 $62,510 # 3
Composer Salary in Illinois $26.06 $54,200 # 4
Composer Salary in Ohio $28.68 $59,660 # 5
Composer Salary in California $26.76 $55,670 # 6
Composer Salary in Wyoming $29.15 $60,620 # 7
Composer Salary in Minnesota $27.36 $56,910 # 8
Composer Salary in Rhode Island $26.75 $55,640 # 9
Composer Salary in Florida $22.41 $46,600 # 10
Composer Salary in Vermont $22.97 $47,780 # 11
Composer Salary in Virginia $24.67 $51,320 # 12
Composer Salary in New Jersey $24.11 $50,140 # 13
Composer Salary in New Hampshire $26.61 $55,340 # 14
Composer Salary in District of Columbia $25.25 $52,510 # 15
Composer Salary in Texas $24.96 $51,920 # 16
Composer Salary in Utah $18.79 $39,080 # 17
Composer Salary in Wisconsin $25.38 $52,780 # 18
Composer Salary in Missouri $24.71 $51,400 # 19
Composer Salary in Michigan $22.32 $46,420 # 20
Composer Salary in Indiana $25.12 $52,240 # 21
Composer Salary in Georgia $26.05 $54,190 # 22
Composer Salary in Iowa $22.90 $47,620 # 23
Composer Salary in Arizona $17.39 $36,170 # 24
Composer Salary in Louisiana $23.63 $49,150 # 25
Composer Salary in Colorado $22.58 $46,960 # 26
Composer Salary in Arkansas $23.56 $49,000 # 27
Composer Salary in Nebraska $23.80 $49,500 # 28
Composer Salary in Pennsylvania $18.58 $38,650 # 29
Composer Salary in North Carolina $22.01 $45,770 # 30
Composer Salary in Mississippi $21.88 $45,500 # 31
Composer Salary in Oregon $18.59 $38,660 # 32
Composer Salary in Kansas $21.25 $44,190 # 33
Composer Salary in Connecticut $16.66 $34,650 # 34
Composer Salary in South Carolina $17.86 $37,150 # 35
Composer Salary in Tennessee $13.18 $27,420 # 36
Composer Salary in Alabama $20.14 $41,900 # 37
Composer Salary in Oklahoma $19.00 $39,520 # 38
Composer Salary in Hawaii $17.99 $37,410 # 39
Composer Salary in Montana $16.23 $33,750 # 40
Composer Salary in Idaho $12.05 $25,070 # 41
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Composer

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