What Is the Average Salary of a Musician?

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As of 2015, the average salary of a musician is approximately $36,000 per year. Salaries vary extensively based on both industry and location, ranging from $16,000 to nearly $200,000 per year. Entry level musicians make the least on average. Over the course of their careers, musicians' salaries may fluctuate widely.

Instrumental musicians earn the highest wages in California, with average income of $30 an hour. Cities that have a thriving entertainment community such as New York and Los Angeles are places that musicians typically make higher wages.

Music careers that offer higher average salaries include teaching private lessons, performing in a symphony and working as a freelance musician in a larger city.