According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, music producers are expected to have a 6 percent increase in jobs by 2018. The mean annual pay for this field was $54,030 in 2010, with those in the 90th percentile earning at or above $92,600 annually. Those in the 50th percentile earned at or below $47,080 per year, while those in the 10th percentile earned at or below $22,550 annually.
Music producers, also called sound engineering technicians, are responsible for operating machinery that mixes music for various productions. This includes editing, synchronizing different sounds together or for reproducing voices and music for a soundtrack. They also create sound effects that are used in songs, editing them into the final version
Job Prospects and National Salary Level
Religious organizations paid the highest mean yearly rate at $66,320, employing 4 percent of these professionals in 2010. The motion picture and video industry paid the second highest at $65,130 per year, while computer systems design and services paid the third highest at $63,660. Specialized design services offered the fourth highest annual rate of $62,450. The sound recording industry paid lower than these at $53,970 per year, but hired the largest number of these workers at 16.92 percent.
Earnings by State
The state of California had the highest mean yearly salary of $68,730 and the largest number of positions in this field at 3,820 in 2010. The District of Columbia came in second with a yearly pay of $68,230, while Nevada had the third at $63,170. New York paid the fourth highest annual rate of $60,000 and had the second highest employment level with 3,560 jobs. Massachusetts came in fifth with a yearly compensation of $56,150.
Metropolitan Area Earnings
The area including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale, California paid the highest mean yearly pay of $76,240 in 2010, with a total of 2,290 jobs in this field. Sacramento, Arden, Arcade and Roseville, California paid the second highest at $70,090 annually. San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara in California had the third highest yearly salary of $67,000. Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York paid the fourth highest with a mean yearly rate of $66,160 in the same year.
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