Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for professional musicians in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 9,276 professional musicians currently employed in the United States.
  • 17.8% of all professional musicians are women, while 82.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed professional musician is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of professional musicians is White (66.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (12.9%), Black or African American (9.9%) and Asian (5.5%).
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • 9% of all professional musicians are LGBT.
  • Professional musicians are 67% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Professional Musician Statistics By Gender

17.8% of professional musicians are women and 82.2% of professional musicians are men.

  • Male, 82.2%
  • Female, 17.8%

Professional Musicians By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male82.2%
Female17.8%

Gender Pay Gap For Professional Musician

Women Earn 95¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$57,166
female-income
Female Income
$54,398

Professional Musician Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the professional musician position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Professional Musician Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201078.34%21.66%
201177.44%22.56%
201277.94%22.06%
201379.41%20.59%
201479.71%20.29%
201579.53%20.47%
201680.90%19.10%
201778.95%21.05%
201881.76%18.24%
201983.51%16.49%
202078.16%21.84%
202182.25%17.75%

Professional Musician Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, 19d cavalry scout and baseball player have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Harpist8%92%
Actress8%92%
Modern Dancer8%92%
Professional Musician82%18%
Assistant Varsity Football Coach98%2%
Baseball Player98%2%
19D Cavalry Scout99%1%

Professional Musician Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among professional musicians is White, which makes up 66.5% of all professional musicians. Comparatively, there are 12.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 66.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 12.9%
  • Black or African American, 9.9%
  • Asian, 5.5%
  • Unknown, 5.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%

Professional Musician Race

Professional Musician RacePercentages
White66.5%
Hispanic or Latino12.9%
Black or African American9.9%
Asian5.5%
Unknown5.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.1%

Professional Musician Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among professional musicians.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Professional Musician Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201071.42%10.59%4.92%10.74%
201170.01%11.95%4.23%10.92%
201270.32%11.28%4.09%11.07%
201372.55%8.71%4.51%11.12%
201468.51%10.97%5.21%12.35%
201571.80%9.10%4.83%11.61%
201671.85%9.62%4.72%11.11%
201770.85%9.94%4.64%11.79%
201867.93%10.46%5.94%12.26%
201970.93%9.08%5.28%11.73%
202065.98%9.14%6.03%13.69%
202166.48%9.86%5.46%12.94%

Professional Musician Wage Gap By Race

White professional musicians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american professional musicians have the lowest average salary at $54,039.
$60,000
$59,000
$58,000
$57,000
$56,000
$55,000
$54,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$57,965
White$58,572
Black or African American$54,039
Asian$58,133
Hispanic or Latino$57,241

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Average Age of a Professional Musician

We determined the average age of professional musicians based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Professional Musician Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown43
White43.555
Black or African American35
Asian35
Hispanic or Latino31

Professional Musician Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of professional musician employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of professional musicians is 40+ years old, which represents 55% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Professional Musician Age

Professional Musician YearsPercentages
40+ years55%
30-40 years25%
20-30 years17%

Types of Professional Musician Degree Levels

The most common degree for professional musicians is bachelor's degree 67% of professional musicians earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 11% and rounding it off is master's degree with 10%.

  • Bachelors, 67%
  • Associate, 11%
  • Masters, 10%
  • High School Diploma, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 4%

Professional Musicians By Education

Professional Musician DegreePercentages
Bachelors67%
Associate11%
Masters10%
High School Diploma8%
Other Degrees4%

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Professional Musician Wage Gap By Education

Professional musicians with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $65,501 annually. With a Associate degree, professional musicians earn a median annual income of $58,617 compared to $52,898 for professional musicians with an Bachelors degree.
$67,000
$64,000
$61,000
$58,000
$55,000
$52,000
$49,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$51,138
Master's Degree$65,501
Bachelor's Degree$52,898
Some College/ Associate Degree$58,617

Professional Musician Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where professional musicians work. We found most professional musicians work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most professional musicians is the media industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire professional musicians.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Professional Musician Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees12%
50 - 100 employees25%
100 - 500 employees25%
500 - 1,000 employees13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees14%
> 10,000 employees11%

The Types Of Companies Professional Musician Work In

Employees with the professional musician job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most professional musicians prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Professional Musician Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education12%
Public9%
Private67%
Government12%

Top Industries Hiring Professional Musicians

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ professional musicians. Those industries include media, government and education.

Media

Government

Education

Professional

Non Profits

Professional Musician Turnover And Employment Statistics

Professional Musician Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of professional musicians changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Professional Musician Unemployment Rate By Year

YearProfessional Musician Unemployment Rate
20107.36%
20118.26%
20128.21%
20136.42%
20146.38%
20156.59%
20164.13%
20174.83%
20185.95%
20194.11%
202014.74%
202118.25%

The Average Number of Years That Professional Musician Stay in a Job

By looking over 1,481 professional musicians resumes, we figured out that the average professional musician enjoys staying at their job for 11+ years for a percentage of 56%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Professional Musician Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year3%
1-2 years10%
3-4 years9%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years9%
11+ years56%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Professional Musicians with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to professional musicians.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Intramural Supervisor5.42%1,053
Minor League Baseball Player6.54%314
Coach/Instructor7.62%40,986
Professional Musician8.54%-
Continuity Director13.74%4,903
Music Video Producer14.31%13,188
Copyist30.45%22

Professional Musician LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Intramural Supervisor5.42%1,053
Minor League Baseball Player6.54%314
Coach/Instructor7.62%40,986
Continuity Director13.74%4,903
Music Video Producer14.31%13,188
Copyist30.45%22

Foreign Languages Spoken By Professional Musicians

The most common foreign language among professional musicians is Spanish at 44.3%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 15.9% and Italian is the third-most popular at 8.0%.

  • Spanish, 44.3%
  • French, 15.9%
  • Italian, 8.0%
  • Chinese, 3.4%
  • German, 3.4%
  • Other, 25.0%

Professional Musician Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish44.3%
French15.9%
Italian8.0%
Chinese3.4%
German3.4%
Other25.0%

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Which State Has The Most Professional Musicians?

By looking through more than 1,481 resumes, we found that the most popular places for professional musicians are New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

Number of Professional Musicians

Number Of Professional Musician Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California1,387$62,229
2New York979$84,574
3Texas846$54,320
4Pennsylvania834$63,720
5Florida801$46,932
6Minnesota730$50,045
7Massachusetts719$73,392
8Illinois577$65,507
9Indiana575$50,528
10Ohio540$58,724
11Colorado488$44,334
12Wisconsin475$53,163
13New Jersey462$82,032
14Georgia420$45,558
15North Carolina415$50,654
16Michigan366$62,614
17Maryland359$56,955
18Virginia356$57,993
19Washington326$44,324
20Tennessee323$49,192
21Iowa290$59,683
22Arizona290$55,666
23South Carolina287$50,158
24Missouri278$37,929
25Oregon217$45,818
26Kentucky204$51,229
27Connecticut199$75,114
28Utah178$44,986
29Kansas174$55,781
30Alabama166$45,412
31Louisiana156$45,174
32Delaware148$52,065
33West Virginia136$58,158
34Maine135$58,559
35Oklahoma134$44,462
36Arkansas122$47,842
37Mississippi109$39,008
38Nevada108$46,017
39Nebraska99$36,638
40North Dakota96$49,120
41New Mexico86$55,235
42District of Columbia84$49,992
43Rhode Island79$53,049
44Idaho78$42,765
45South Dakota70$46,294
46Montana70$44,655
47Hawaii68$51,982
48New Hampshire63$71,906
49Wyoming58$40,756
50Alaska56$79,840
51Vermont49$69,099

Professional Musician Demographics FAQs

How Many Professional Musician Are There In The Us?

There are over 9,276 Professional Musicians in the United States.

What Percentage Of Professional Musicians Are Black?

9.9% of Professional Musicians are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Professional Musicians?

Most a are White, with 66.5% of Professional Musicians belonging to this ethnicity. 12.9% of Professional Musicians are Hispanic or Latino, 9.9% of Professional Musicians are Black or African American, 5.5% of Professional Musicians are Asian, 5.1% of Professional Musicians are Unknown, and 0.1% of Professional Musicians are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Professional Musician Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Professional Musician jobs are male - dominated. 82% of Professional Musicians are male, and 17% are female, so there are more male Professional Musicians than female Professional Musicians in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Professional Musician?

The average Professional Musician is 45 years old. 55% of Professional Musicians are 40+ years old or older, 25% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 17% are between 20-30 years old

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