Just what can you expect if you decide to have a career in music. There was a recent report by Berklee College of Music that said the average musician earns just over $55,000 per annum. But what kind of career are we talking about and what are some of the possible salaries. As a starter, try to find useful blogs about music to find more info and insight into this industry. Throughout this post, we are trying to provide you with some guideline. Some of the careers that are possible you probably would never have thought of before now.
The fastest growing career in the music industry is in the production of video game audio. Salaries in this industry start very low, down to 18,000 per annum for an assistant engineer up to really nice salaries for audio directors of in excess of $140,000 per annum. The final category in this area is that of an audio tool developer, these people start at $150,000 per annum, but this job is mostly a code writer with extensive musical knowledge.
Surprisingly the second best job on the list is as an orchestral musician, the figures quoted are for full time jobs and the range is very extensive. A small Symphony Orchestra will pay its musicians as little as $36,500 per annum in contrast with a major city like Boston paying the members of its Symphony Orchestra just over $132,000 per annum. Another surprise on the list is that of the music therapist. This position requires clinical training as well is musical training. Therapists to work for the state can get paid as little as $20,000 per annum but those in private practice are earning over $135,000 usually.
The next job on the list is not surprising but the salaries definitely are. It is a film/TV music supervisor. This job can pay as little as $2000 for a small TV project up to $500,000 for a major Hollywood blockbuster. Some low-budget feature films will pay as little as $45,000 but will generally take less than two months to complete.
Another job that is not technically in the music field but one that does require extensive knowledge of the music industry is that of a music attorney. Every musician, every music company, everyone involved in the industry will probably need an attorney at some stage or other and being a music attorney is an extremely specialized field. Another job on the list is that of a conductor. It can be for a choir, an opera company or an orchestra. Again it would depend on where the job is, a small town probably only pay its music director around $36,000 per annum but a big city Orchestra pays its conductor up to $275,000 annually.
A job in the music industry that doesnt actually have a salary but is paid on commission and some of these commissions can be astronomical, some commission is collected have been in excess of $1 million. The job is as a booking agent, basically the task is to secure gigs for acts. These commissions are usually between 10 and 20% of the acts gross income per show or tour. Also a good recording engineer can earn up to $150,000 per year when at the top of their game but again starting salaries for novices can be as little as $25,000 per annum.
The one career path that is not recommended you follow today is that of a session musician, this field has seen a market decline over the last five years, there are still good numbers of session musicians who can make up to $100,000 per annum but they are few and far between now and becoming less and less almost daily. Session musicians get paid by the hour and a really good one earns up to $100 for an hour.