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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Music Instructor Salary

$57,826 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$27.80 hourly

Entry level Salary
$39,000 yearly
$39,000
10 %
$57,826
Median
$84,000
90 %

How much does a Music Instructor make?

Music instructors make $57,826 per year on average, or $27.8 per hour, in the United States. Music instructors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $39,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $84,000.

Location impacts how much a music instructor can expect to make. Music instructors make the most in California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

Highest Paying States For Music Instructors

Music Instructor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1North Carolina$60,159$28.92671
2New York$62,287$29.95679
3Florida$61,355$29.50723
4Michigan$57,874$27.82432
5California$63,214$30.391,707
6Pennsylvania$60,550$29.11439
7Maryland$59,720$28.71296
8Georgia$52,130$25.06733
9District of Columbia$73,441$35.3130
10Mississippi$51,528$24.7791
11Virginia$53,575$25.76615
12Alaska$53,542$25.7451
13Alabama$54,565$26.23150
14Louisiana$51,593$24.80133
15Massachusetts$56,965$27.39328
16Ohio$51,945$24.97382
17Delaware$52,599$25.2966
18Iowa$49,079$23.60168
19Oregon$50,460$24.26284
20Tennessee$48,541$23.34244
21South Carolina$47,520$22.85384
22Nebraska$51,447$24.7376
23Connecticut$55,631$26.7598
24Minnesota$50,918$24.48251
25New Jersey$48,782$23.45482
26North Dakota$47,613$22.8937
27Hawaii$48,485$23.3160
28Indiana$49,302$23.70139
29Texas$46,678$22.44880
30Arizona$47,286$22.73233
31Kentucky$46,219$22.22150
32Illinois$47,904$23.03451
33Idaho$48,908$23.5151
34Utah$45,387$21.82134
35Missouri$47,512$22.84156
36Montana$41,088$19.7583
37Arkansas$46,072$22.1541
38Wisconsin$45,937$22.09187
39Rhode Island$44,022$21.1647
40Nevada$40,151$19.30143
41Wyoming$36,434$17.5251
42South Dakota$43,010$20.6838
43Colorado$39,037$18.77501
44New Mexico$40,788$19.6183
45Vermont$38,133$18.3333
46New Hampshire$41,740$20.0759
47Kansas$40,325$19.39105
48Washington$42,758$20.56237
49Oklahoma$40,189$19.3296
50West Virginia$32,605$15.6857
51Maine$36,852$17.7242

Highest Paying Cities For Music Instructors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Washington, DC$73,530$35.35
2Santa Barbara, CA$64,319$30.92
3New York, NY$63,284$30.43
4Gaithersburg, MD$59,617$28.66
5Pensacola, FL$58,140$27.95
6Chesapeake, VA$53,428$25.69
7Atlanta, GA$52,003$25.00
8Jackson, MS$51,505$24.76
9Austin, MN$51,411$24.72
10Corpus Christi, TX$50,672$24.36
11Cincinnati, OH$50,211$24.14
12Urban Honolulu, HI$48,553$23.34
13Chicago, IL$48,254$23.20
14Charleston, SC$47,331$22.76
15Chandler, AZ$47,280$22.73

Music Instructor Salary Details

Music Instructor Salary

What is a Music Instructor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$84,000$7,000$40
75th Percentile$70,000$5,833$34
Average$57,826$4,819$28
25th Percentile$47,000$3,917$23
10th Percentile$39,000$3,250$19

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Piano Teacher$55,053$4,588$26.4752,993
Teaching Artist$70,729$5,894$34.004,493
Professor$158,407$13,201$76.1621,861
Art Coordinator$52,555$4,380$25.2718,099
Visiting Professor$97,169$8,097$46.7227,139
Art Educator$52,036$4,336$25.0242,617

Which Companies Pay Music Instructors The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, SUNY Geneseo and Kern Community College District are the highest paying companies for music instructors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1SUNY Geneseo$70,539$33.911
2Kern Community College District$65,109$31.30188
3Hawaii Pacific University$61,733$29.68
4Duplin County Schools$57,826$27.80
5Wayne Community College$57,826$27.80
6The Academy$57,826$27.80
7Rutgers University$57,826$27.80
8The Chicago High School for the Arts$57,826$27.80
9State Center Community College$57,826$27.80
10Bethel College, Mishawaka$57,826$27.80
11Loyola Marymount University$57,826$27.80
12Academy of Arts$57,826$27.80
13Salvation Army North$57,826$27.80
14Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy$57,826$27.80
15YMCA of Southern Nevada$57,826$27.80
16Associated Recreation Council$57,826$27.80
17Bach to Rock: America's Music School$57,826$27.80
18PSEA$53,767$25.85124
19City and County of Denver Government$53,681$25.81
20The New York Academy of Sciences$51,166$24.60

Music Instructor Salary Trends

Average Music Instructor Salary Over Time

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

    Music Instructor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$57,800$27.80+0.2%
    2021$57,700$27.74-0.6%
    2020$58,100$27.91+4.3%
    2019$55,500$26.70-2.6%
    2018$57,000$27.39+4.8%

    Recently Added Music Instructor Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Music and ArtsMusic Instructor-GigColorado Springs, CO05/30/2022$25,712
    Music and ArtsMusic Instructor-GigWestlake Village, CA05/28/2022$25,712
    Nia Community Services NetworkAfter-School Music Instructor-PS 238New York, NY05/25/2022$33,392
    Music and ArtsMusic Instructor-GigFort Collins, CO05/10/2022$25,712
    Kern Community College DistrictMusic Instructor, Adjunct PoolBakersfield, CA05/08/2022$125,220
    University of MichiganMusic Instructor (Temp)Ann Arbor, MI05/02/2022$52,175
    Nia Community Services NetworkAfter-School Music Instructor-PS 52New York, NY04/24/2022$33,392
    Kern Comunity College DistrictCommercial Music Instructor-Adjunct PoolBakersfield, CA04/05/2022$125,220
    Nia Community Services NetworkAfter-School Music Instructor-PS 104New York, NY04/05/2022$33,392
    Los Angeles Trade Technical CollegeFy22-Music InstructorLos Angeles, CA03/27/2022$62,140

    Music Instructor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Music Instructors the most?

    California pays Music Instructors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $73,441 per year, or $35.31 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Music Instructor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Music Instructor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in California you should be paid close to $63,214 per year.

    What type of Music Instructor gets paid the most?

    Professor gets paid the most. Professor made a median salary of $158,407. The best-paid 10 percent make $217,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $115,000.

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