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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 $23.16. Hourly wages typically start from $10.39 and go up to $44.16.

Average Composer Yearly Salary in the United States

Composers earn a median salary of $48,180 per year. Salaries typically start from $21,610 and go up to $91,860.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Composer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Composer Earnings

The highest earning Composers in the United States earn:

$44.16
an hour
$91,860
per year
Senior Composer Earnings

Senior Composers in the United States earn:

$31.77
an hour
$66,080
per year
Experienced Composer Earnings

Experienced Composers in the United States earn:

$23.16
an hour
$48,180
per year
Junior Composer Earnings

Junior Composers in the United States earn:

$16.88
an hour
$35,100
per year
Starting Composer Earnings

Starting Composers in the United States earn:

$10.39
an hour
$21,610
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Composer salary comparison

Composers earn more than 63% percent of Arts careers. Composer salaries are in the bottom 51% 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 Nevada $33.08 $68,800 # 1
Composer Salary in Illinois $25.80 $53,660 # 2
Composer Salary in New York $25.78 $53,620 # 3
Composer Salary in New Mexico $25.07 $52,150 # 4
Composer Salary in Massachusetts $27.90 $58,030 # 5
Composer Salary in California $25.59 $53,220 # 6
Composer Salary in New Jersey $25.78 $53,610 # 7
Composer Salary in District of Columbia $22.97 $47,770 # 8
Composer Salary in Wyoming $28.06 $58,370 # 9
Composer Salary in Rhode Island $25.85 $53,760 # 10
Composer Salary in Texas $24.97 $51,930 # 11
Composer Salary in New Hampshire $25.48 $53,000 # 12
Composer Salary in Michigan $23.08 $48,020 # 13
Composer Salary in Minnesota $23.00 $47,840 # 14
Composer Salary in Connecticut $21.79 $45,320 # 15
Composer Salary in Ohio $25.73 $53,510 # 16
Composer Salary in Georgia $26.20 $54,500 # 17
Composer Salary in Wisconsin $24.55 $51,050 # 18
Composer Salary in Arizona $16.90 $35,150 # 19
Composer Salary in Arkansas $24.56 $51,080 # 20
Composer Salary in Louisiana $21.84 $45,440 # 21
Composer Salary in Indiana $23.75 $49,400 # 22
Composer Salary in Iowa $22.15 $46,070 # 23
Composer Salary in Missouri $22.10 $45,970 # 24
Composer Salary in Nebraska $23.08 $48,010 # 25
Composer Salary in Maryland $23.01 $47,860 # 26
Composer Salary in Alabama $23.27 $48,410 # 27
Composer Salary in North Carolina $19.60 $40,760 # 28
Composer Salary in Florida $20.39 $42,420 # 29
Composer Salary in Virginia $20.75 $43,160 # 30
Composer Salary in Pennsylvania $20.21 $42,030 # 31
Composer Salary in Utah $18.00 $37,440 # 32
Composer Salary in South Carolina $19.49 $40,530 # 33
Composer Salary in Mississippi $20.53 $42,700 # 34
Composer Salary in Oregon $19.31 $40,160 # 35
Composer Salary in Kansas $20.39 $42,420 # 36
Composer Salary in Tennessee $19.99 $41,580 # 37
Composer Salary in Oklahoma $19.92 $41,440 # 38
Composer Salary in Hawaii $18.45 $38,380 # 39
Composer Salary in Idaho $17.56 $36,530 # 40
Composer Salary in Montana $16.47 $34,250 # 41
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

How to Become a Composer

Interested in becoming a composer? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good composer? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A certificate or associates degree is required to be a Composer. A music degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

      Loading jobs...

    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.