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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 $24.09. Hourly wages typically start from $10.01 and go up to $51.30.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average Composer Yearly Salary in the United States

Composers earn a median salary of $50,110 per year. Salaries typically start from $20,820 and go up to $106,700.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Employment Type Mix

17%
Full-Time
83%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

2.4
SCORE
271
RATINGS
Composers average a score of 2.4 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Composers in the 1th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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Composer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Composer Earnings

The highest earning Composers in the United States earn:

$51.30
an hour
$106,700
per year
Senior Composer Earnings

Senior Composers in the United States earn:

$33.90
an hour
$70,510
per year
Experienced Composer Earnings

Experienced Composers in the United States earn:

$24.09
an hour
$50,110
per year
Junior Composer Earnings

Junior Composers in the United States earn:

$16.84
an hour
$35,020
per year
Starting Composer Earnings

Starting Composers in the United States earn:

$10.01
an hour
$20,820
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Composer salary comparison

Composers earn more than 61% percent of Arts careers. Composer salaries are in the top 63% of all careers in the United States.

Urban Planner Salary $70k
Film and Video Editor Salary $62k
Illustrator Salary $50k
Composer Salary $50k
Music Therapist Salary $46k
Costume Designer Salary $36k
Engraver Salary $31k
Model Salary $27k
Motion Picture Projectionist Salary $22k
Source:

Historical salary for Composers in the United States

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Composer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Composer Salary in New York $26.58 $55,300 # 1
Composer Salary in Minnesota $27.48 $57,150 # 2
Composer Salary in Massachusetts $28.72 $59,740 # 3
Composer Salary in Vermont $24.99 $51,970 # 4
Composer Salary in Florida $25.24 $52,500 # 5
Composer Salary in Iowa $27.49 $57,190 # 6
Composer Salary in Connecticut $22.89 $47,610 # 7
Composer Salary in Washington $25.80 $53,660 # 8
Composer Salary in New Jersey $23.09 $48,020 # 9
Composer Salary in Virginia $26.48 $55,090 # 10
Composer Salary in New Mexico $22.12 $46,010 # 11
Composer Salary in Ohio $28.20 $58,650 # 12
Composer Salary in Michigan $24.32 $50,580 # 13
Composer Salary in Maryland $23.99 $49,890 # 14
Composer Salary in Rhode Island $25.99 $54,060 # 15
Composer Salary in Texas $24.67 $51,320 # 16
Composer Salary in Georgia $27.24 $56,660 # 17
Composer Salary in California $24.72 $51,420 # 18
Composer Salary in Arizona $14.60 $30,360 # 19
Composer Salary in Missouri $25.19 $52,390 # 20
Composer Salary in New Hampshire $26.78 $55,690 # 21
Composer Salary in Tennessee $20.80 $43,260 # 22
Composer Salary in Louisiana $24.48 $50,920 # 23
Composer Salary in Nebraska $26.67 $55,470 # 24
Composer Salary in Wisconsin $25.53 $53,100 # 25
Composer Salary in Indiana $23.28 $48,420 # 26
Composer Salary in Pennsylvania $19.83 $41,240 # 27
Composer Salary in Arkansas $23.61 $49,110 # 28
Composer Salary in Colorado $21.82 $45,380 # 29
Composer Salary in Illinois $21.18 $44,050 # 30
Composer Salary in Mississippi $23.03 $47,890 # 31
Composer Salary in Utah $18.89 $39,300 # 32
Composer Salary in District of Columbia $19.65 $40,880 # 33
Composer Salary in Kansas $22.01 $45,790 # 34
Composer Salary in Oregon $18.66 $38,810 # 35
Composer Salary in Kentucky $19.93 $41,460 # 36
Composer Salary in South Carolina $19.05 $39,620 # 37
Composer Salary in Oklahoma $17.82 $37,060 # 38
Composer Salary in Idaho $16.22 $33,730 # 39
Composer Salary in Hawaii $13.56 $28,200 # 40
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
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