Music Directors and Composers
SOC: 27-2041.00


Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
82,100 employed

Projected (2024):
84,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Choir Director
  • Choirmaster
  • Chorus Master
  • Composer
  • Jingle Writer
  • Maestro
  • Music Adapter
  • Music Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Minister
  • Music Pastor
  • Orchestra Conductor
  • Orchestra Director
  • Orchestrator
  • Songwriter

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    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980