How Much Money Do Professional Singers Make?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for a professional singer was $23.50 in 2012. The term "median" indicates that half of the singers made less than this amount, and half made more.

Wages for singers vary a great deal. The lowest-earning 10 percent made less than $8.81 per hour in 2012, while the top-earners pulled in hourly wages in excess of $65.24. In general, singers in performing arts companies earned more than those working for educational, religious or civic organizations. The hours singers work range widely as well. Rehearsals for productions and recording studio sessions typically occur during traditional business hours, but performances generally are held on nights and weekends.