Twelve Music Careers that Can Pay Six Figures: 6 – 12


Choir/Opera/Orchestra Conductor

Salary range: $15,000 – $275,000

Conducting jobs with major organizations in big cities are lucrative but not easy to find. On the lower end of the salary spectrum, part-time work for smaller institutions may be more attainable ($26,000-$36,000 for North Carolina’s Durham Symphony, for example).

Booking Agent

Salary range: $20,000 – $1,000,000+

A booking agent secures gigs for acts by maintaining relationships with the right people: promoters, clubs, arts centers, etc. Commissions can range from 10-20% of an act’s gross income per show.


Recording Engineer

Salary range: $25,000 – $150,000+

Want to collaborate with an artist to create an album? You’ll have to be talented enough to make the cut—and be willing to take a low salary at the entry level. But pay can push well into the six figures for the best in the business.

Road Manager

Salary range: $25,000 – $125,000+

The glamour and grit of life on the road can be a labor of love or a labor of luxury, depending on the act. For an A-list group, arranging travel and managing budgets can yield a six-figure salary.


Salary range: $20,000 – $100,000+

An emerging field in music, this area involves the study of the physiological and psychological aspects of how living organisms receive and produce sound. It takes plenty of brainpower—and can be quite remunerative on the high end.


Session Musician

Salary range: up to $100,000

Though 25% of musicians surveyed by Berkley reported a decline in session work over the past five years, the few that make a full-time career out of it are well compensated. And for those who only do session work on occasion, it can be a lucrative sideline—$100 for two hours’ work on the low-to-medium end, and often more.

Music Communications

Salary range: $25,000 – $200,000

Want to make six figures in the music business? Writing about it won’t get you there—music bloggers earn just $23,000 – $66,000, according to Berkley. The real money is in public relations, where salaries range from $25,000 – $200,000.

You can learn more about the salaries and other careers here: Music_Salary_Guide


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