Average Band Director Salary
$56,000 yearly
$27.21 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$27,000
10 %
$56,000
Median
$117,000
90 %
What Is The Average Band Director Salary?
The average band director salary is $56,595 per year, or $27.21 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $27,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $117,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Virginia provide the highest band director salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$117,000
$9,750
$56
75th Percentile
$83,000
$6,917
$40
Average
$56,595
$4,716
$27
25th Percentile
$38,000
$3,167
$18
10th Percentile
$27,000
$2,250
$13

Average Band Director Salary By State

The darker areas on the map show where band directors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Band Director average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$33,998
$16.35
Alaska
$66,991
$32.21
Arizona
$52,584
$25.28
Arkansas
$54,152
$26.03
California
$51,123
$24.58
Colorado
$45,635
$21.94
Connecticut
$64,426
$30.97
Delaware
$63,083
$30.33
District of Columbia
$53,401
$25.67
Florida
$55,107
$26.49
Georgia
$57,561
$27.67
Hawaii
$45,670
$21.96
Idaho
$49,657
$23.87
Illinois
$36,999
$17.79
Indiana
$49,890
$23.99
Iowa
$32,206
$15.48
Kansas
$31,249
$15.02
Kentucky
$50,495
$24.28
Louisiana
$55,026
$26.45
Maine
$58,617
$28.18
Maryland
$50,440
$24.25
Massachusetts
$61,083
$29.37
Michigan
$60,365
$29.02
Minnesota
$36,908
$17.74
Mississippi
$50,461
$24.26
Missouri
$50,593
$24.32
Montana
$44,359
$21.33
Nebraska
$49,867
$23.97
Nevada
$51,480
$24.75
New Hampshire
$60,356
$29.02
New Jersey
$61,894
$29.76
New Mexico
$53,223
$25.59
New York
$65,414
$31.45
North Carolina
$42,572
$20.47
North Dakota
$52,293
$25.14
Ohio
$53,036
$25.50
Oklahoma
$59,612
$28.66
Oregon
$52,670
$25.32
Pennsylvania
$41,457
$19.93
Rhode Island
$64,182
$30.86
South Carolina
$46,770
$22.49
South Dakota
$48,037
$23.09
Tennessee
$51,565
$24.79
Texas
$58,177
$27.97
Utah
$44,756
$21.52
Vermont
$50,386
$24.22
Virginia
$63,374
$30.47
Washington
$59,576
$28.64
West Virginia
$52,730
$25.35
Wisconsin
$51,295
$24.66
Wyoming
$31,306
$15.05

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Highest Paying Cities For Band Director

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
El Paso, TX
$56,994
$27.40
Visalia, CA
$51,559
$24.79
Noblesville, IN
$49,686
$23.89
Idaho Falls, ID
$46,853
$22.53

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Average Band Director Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $56,600
    $27.21
    -1.9%
    2020
    $57,700
    $27.74
    +0.9%
    2019
    $57,100
    $27.47
    +0.6%
    2018
    $56,800
    $27.31
    +3.3%
    2017
    $54,900
    $26.41
    -0.3%

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    Recently Added Band Director Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Santa Ana Unified School District
    Band Director-Santa ANA High School
    Band Director-Santa ANA High School
    Santa Ana, CA
    08/05/2021
    $60,304
    08/05/2021
    Austin Independent School District
    Teacher-HS Band Mariachi Director
    Teacher-HS Band Mariachi Director
    Austin, TX
    08/02/2021
    $51,000
    08/02/2021
    Edinburg Independent School District
    High School Assistant Band Director
    High School Assistant Band Director
    Edinburg, TX
    07/20/2021
    $50,251
    07/20/2021
    Weld Re-4 School District
    Assistant Marching Band Director
    Assistant Marching Band Director
    Windsor, CO
    07/20/2021
    $28,800
    07/20/2021
    Archdiocese of San Antonio
    Band Director Music Teacher-Central Catholic
    Band Director Music Teacher-Central Catholic
    San Antonio, TX
    03/10/2021
    $49,870
    03/10/2021
    Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
    Band Director & Music Teacher
    Band Director & Music Teacher
    New York, NY
    02/02/2021
    $88,914
    02/02/2021
    East Montana Middle School
    Band Director
    Band Director
    El Paso, TX
    09/26/2020
    $53,300
    09/26/2020
    Bonneville Joint School District No. 93
    Assistant Band Director
    Assistant Band Director
    Idaho Falls, ID
    09/16/2020
    $43,462
    09/16/2020
    Re-1 Valley School District
    Band Director
    Band Director
    Sterling, CO
    06/18/2020
    $33,000
    06/18/2020
    Kershaw County School District
    High School Assistant Band Director
    High School Assistant Band Director
    Camden, SC
    05/22/2020
    $36,445
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    Average Band Director Salary by Demographic

    Band Director Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $50,271
    female-income
    Female Income
    $49,284
    Median Band Director Income by Race
    Black or african american band directors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown band directors have the lowest average salary at $48,248.
    $52,000
    $51,000
    $50,000
    $49,000
    $48,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$48,248
    White$50,318
    Black or African American$51,024
    Asian$49,670
    Hispanic or Latino$49,629
    Average Band Director Salary by Education Level
    Band directors with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $56,217 annually. With a Doctorate degree, band directors earn a median annual income of $54,002 compared to $50,271 for band directors with an Bachelors degree.
    $58,000
    $55,000
    $52,000
    $49,000
    $46,000
    $43,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$46,972
    Master's Degree$56,217
    Bachelor's Degree$50,271
    Doctorate Degree$54,002
    Some College/ Associate Degree$45,527