A singer’s average yearly salary can vary depending on a number of different parameters. It especially depends on what kind of venues that they regularly perform at. An accomplished and well-seasoned singer who performs at clubs, parties, public auditoriums and concert halls or as part of a wedding music group can expect to earn an average from around $100 - $200 a night or more, but you must bear in mind that a singer probably will not be working every night of the week, either. But if you have worked your way up the ladder over the years and are an in-demand performer, you could probably land a steady job earning anywhere from $40,000 to over $100,000 per year. When it comes to finding steady work as a singer there are a number of available avenues as well, including performing in musical theater companies, working in opera companies, Broadway musicals, singing as a soloist or as a member of a band for example. The creativity and versatility of a singer also depends a great deal on the type of music that they sing, such as rock, pop, opera, show tunes, country or rhythm and blues music, etc.
Singers can work at a professional level in recording studios for TV, film, radio, or video games. They also spend a lot of additional time rehearsing music as part of their work with orchestras, bands, or other musical ensembles. Singers study voice production, melody, and harmony, interpreting music and written lyrics, too. Singers might sing character parts while singers who are composers might perform their own original style of music. The classical classification of singers matching their voice range includes contralto, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass. There can often times be a high level of competition for well-paying singing jobs since professional opportunities can be somewhat limited compared to the number of talented singers looking for steady work. Experience, many years of extensive voice training and versatility can serve as a very important asset when applying for professional singing jobs. Being able to accompany yourself on the piano is a very important determining factor as well.
Singers are often times employed in evening and/or weekend work for shows, night clubs, piano bar and band work, typically working part-time schedules unless they become a full time member in an acting company or an opera company. But, just like other musicians, instrumentalists and actors, (especially in the beginning of their career) singers might have to start out with working part-time hours and they might need to work another job in order to earn a living wage. Singers are also subjected to rejection when auditioning for musical related jobs.
Employment for singers and musicians is expected to grow as fast as average for other jobs. Singers skilled in multiple styles and musical formats will have the best job prospects available to them. A Bureau of Labor Statistics report from May 2008 shows that singers, musicians, composers, music directors, and other music related workers held 240,000 paying music positions in 2008. Employment for singers and musicians is expected to grow as fast as average for other jobs. The competitive nature for creative jobs, including full-time jobs, is expected to continue. Singers skilled in multiple styles and musical formats will have the best job prospects available to them.
Just how much does a singer make per hour?
According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report in May of 2008, musicians and singers earned an average hourly wage of $28.28.
Performing Arts Companies $31.37
Religious Organizations $20.92
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $36.00
Amusement Parks and Arcades $23.25
Elementary and Secondary Schools $21.38
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provided a report from May 2009 showing the median salary for singers and musicians to be $47,260. Another report from Indeed.com shows the average salary for a singer or musician in 2010 was $74,000 per year.
Please be sure to scroll back up and look at the accompanying info graphic above to see what the average salaries of the popular and famous singers are. Their yearly salaries can reach well into the many millions of dollars range.
Greetings to Everyone and A Big Welcome to Infinity Music Studio! My name is Suzanne Brittania. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 40 plus years. It is my hope that you will find all the following information, along with the music videos listed within my blog, to be very interesting, helpful and inspiring all throughout your own musical journey.
The videos listed below are of famous opera stars (that I performed with extensively all throughout my earlier musical career) especially during the 1950's and 60's.
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