Musicians, Instrumental
SOC: 27-2042.02

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
173,300 employed

Projected (2024):
179,300 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:

  • Accompanist
  • Bassoonist
  • Bell Ringer
  • Bugler
  • Bull Fiddle Player
  • Calliope Player
  • Cellist
  • Choir Accompanist
  • Church Musician
  • Church Organist
  • Clarinetist
  • Concert Pianist
  • Cornetist
  • Double Bass Player
  • Drummer
  • English Horn Player
  • Entertainment Musician
  • Flutist
  • Guitar Player
  • Guitarist
  • Harpist
  • Horn Player
  • Instrumentalist
  • Jazz Musician
  • Music Artist
  • Musician
  • Oboist
  • Orchestra Musician
  • Organist
  • Percussionist
  • Pianist
  • Piano Accompanist
  • Piano Player
  • Piccoloist
  • Recording Artist
  • Saxophone Player
  • Solo Musician
  • Studio Musician
  • Symphony Orchestra Musician
  • Timpanist
  • Trombonist
  • Trumpet Player
  • Trumpeter
  • Violinist
  • Violist


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills.
  • Perform before live audiences.
  • Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.
  • Play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, or bands.
  • Play from memory or by following scores.
  • Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals.
  • Audition for orchestras, bands, or other musical groups.
  • Provide the musical background for live shows such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets.
  • Transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes.
  • Promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other activities.
  • Make or participate in recordings in music studios.
  • Direct bands or orchestras.
  • Teach music for specific instruments.
  • Compose original music such as popular songs, symphonies, or sonatas.
  • Improvise music during performances.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Accordions
  • Acoustic guitars
  • Alto horns
  • Alto saxophones
  • Amplifiers
  • Autoharps
  • Bagpipes
  • Banjoes
  • Baritone horns
  • Bassoons
  • Bb clarinets
  • Bongo drums
  • Bugles
  • Capos
  • Cellos
  • Clavichords
  • Clip-on microphones
  • Cymbal stands
  • Digital tuners
  • Double basses
  • Drum mallets
  • Dulcimers
  • Electronic metronomes
  • English horns
  • Euphoniums
  • Finger picks
  • French horns
  • Guitar stands
  • Handbells
  • Harps
  • Harpsichords
  • Instrument mutes
  • Instrument tuning forks
  • Kettle drums
  • Laptop computers
  • Mandolins
  • Maracas
  • Marching bells
  • Marimbas
  • Mellophones
  • Musical cornets
  • Musical flutes
  • Musical organs
  • Oboes
  • Orchestral cymbals
  • Personal computers
  • Pianos
  • Piccolos
  • Sheet music stands
  • Sousaphones
  • String cutters
  • String winders
  • Stringed instrument bows
  • Synthesizers
  • Tablet computers
  • Timpani
  • Trombones
  • Trumpets
  • Tubas
  • Vibraphones
  • Violas
  • Violins
  • Wooden drum sticks
  • Xylophones
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Appointment scheduling software
  • Avid Technology Pro Tools
  • Avid Technology Sibelius
  • Blogging software
  • Email software
  • Facebook
  • Financial tracking software
  • Instagram
  • iZotope Ozone
  • MakeMusic Finale
  • Microsoft Word
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Web browser software
  • YouTube


  • arts design entertainment sports and media


    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980