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Record Producers working in a music studio

Record Producer

Record Producers guide the production of a record by coaching the musicians, advising in pre-production sessions, and directing the in-studio recording and production process. Learn More Avg. Salary: $68,168 Salary Range: $41K - $105K Alt Titles: Producer, Music Producer, Recording Producer
Personal Manager in the recording studio with the band he manages

Personal Manager

Works with artists, providing career direction, artist representation, marketing strategies, and help with merchandising and sponsorships. Learn More Avg. Salary: $51,459 Salary Range: $35K-$92K Alt Titles: Artists Representative, Manager, and Manager
Director of A&R wearing headphones

Director of A&R

The Director of A&R finds new artists, matches them with musical collaborators, and oversees the musical direction of the label. Learn More Avg. Salary: $124,377 Salary Range: $90K-$150K Alt Titles: A&R Director, A&R Manager, A&R Executive, A&R
Sound technician working on the mixing console in large concert arena

Sound Technician

Sets up and uses soundboard and other sound equipment during concerts or performances, ensuring that levels are correct and the sound mix is right. Learn More Avg. Salary: $41,129 Salary Range: $25K - $69K Alt Titles: Resident Sound Technician, Audio Technician, Sound Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, FOH Engineer
Black female Radio DJ with microphone and headphones

Radio DJ

A Radio DJ plays music on-air and discusses music, news, or other subjects on the breaks between songs. Learn More Avg. Salary: $53,580 Salary Range: $19K-$105K Alt Titles: Radio Co-host, On Air Personality, Radio Personality, DJ
Tattooed Booking Agent in eyeglasses looking at laptop screen while working in modern working space

Booking Agent

Booking Agents negotiate deals and plans tours for the artists on their roster. Learn More Salary Range: $20,000 to $1,000,000+ Alt Titles: Booking Manager, Agent
Music Director with headphones around her neck in the on-air studio at the radio station

Music Director

A radio station’s Music Director chooses songs for airplay. Learn More Avg. Salary: $43,098 Salary Range: $24K-$55K Alt Titles: Radio Music Director, MD
Entertainment Attorney reviewing a file in her office

Entertainment Attorney

Entertainment Attorneys handle all legal matters for musicians. This includes contractual agreements, negotiating, advice, and counseling. Learn More Avg. Salary: $117,567 Salary Range: $77K-$186K Alt Titles: Music Attorney, Lawyer, Attorney
Female tour manager standing in front of large, empty concert stage

Tour Manager

A Tour Manager manages transportation, scheduling, and the financial aspects of an artist’s time on the road. Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,317 Salary Range: $46K - $71K Alt Titles: Road Manager, Concert Tour Manager
Music Publisher listening to music through headphones in her office

Music Publisher

Signs Songwriters to write demos, then pitches these demos to artists and labels as possible cuts on their records. They also pitch recordings for use in film, TV, and commercials. Learn More Avg. Salary: $53,965 Salary Range: $45K-$63K Alt Titles: Publisher
A&R coordinator holding headphones

A&R Coordinator

A&R Coordinators find fresh talent for a label and oversee the completion of new albums. Learn More Avg. Salary: $43,118 Salary Range: $36K-$68K Alt Titles: A&R Representative, A&R Rep, A&R Staffer
Guitar Technician tuning up guitar in closeup shot

Guitar Technician

Guitar Technicians set up and maintain all stringed instruments while a band is on tour. Learn More Avg. Salary: $52,167 Salary Range: $35K-$79K Alt Titles: Instrument Tech, Backline, usic Tech
Lights show inside a concert venue

Lighting Technician

Lighting Technicians rig lights, set up equipment and create onstage lighting effects to complement a performer’s live show. Learn More Avg. Salary: $58,280 Salary Range: $50K-$68K Alt Titles: Lighting Tech, Electrical Lighting Technician
Female Music Therapist with young female patient

Music Therapist

A Music Therapist works with individuals and teams in a clinical setting using music and musical activities to help heal patients and improve their emotional, physical, cognitive and social wellbeing. Learn More Avg. Salary: $44,400 Salary Range: $33K - $67K Alt Titles: None
Concert Promoter on his laptop at a bar

Concert Promoter

Concert Promoters organize shows by booking talent, securing venues, and marketing their events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $78,553 Salary Range: $28K-$187K Alt Titles: Talent Promoter, Promoter
Two social media managers looking at their laptops

Social Media Manager

Social Media Managers write and schedule content for an artist or music company’s social pages. They also interact with fans and provide customer service on the social sites they manage. Learn More Avg. Salary: $53,915 Salary Range: $36K - $79K Alt Titles: Community Manager
Asian female Personal Assistant to Recording Artist walking through New York City street with coffee and lunch

Personal Assistant to Recording Artist

A Personal Assistant manages the day-to-day tasks of their employer’s business and personal lives. Learn More Avg. Salary: $43,134 Salary Range: $25K-$75K Alt Titles: Music PA, Personal Aide, Assistant, Personal Assistant, Celebrity Personal Assistant, PA
Music Historian doing research on a laptop in the library

Music Historian

Music Historians research and write about musicians, instruments and musical genres in historical context. Learn More Avg. Salary: $52,471 Salary Range: $40K-$91K Alt Titles: Musicologist, Historian
Jingle writer composing a guitar tune in his home recording studio

Jingle Writer

Writes music for commercials. Learn More Avg. Salary: $56,980 Salary Range: $36K-$89K Alt Titles: Commercial Jingle Composer, Jingle Composer
Roadie watching the band from backstage

Roadie

Roadie is the catch-all term for any touring professional in the live music industry. Among other duties, their work may involve engineering sound, programming stage lighting, and tuning guitars. Learn More Avg. Salary: $34,242 Salary Range: $23K - $51K Alt Titles: None
Talent Buyer listening to music on his earphones at the office

Talent Buyer

Talent Buyers book artists at a venue in hopes of drawing a large crowd and netting a profit for the club. Learn More Avg. Salary: $47,438 Salary Range: $37K - $60K Alt Titles: Booker, Music Booker
Male Tour Bus Driver standing outside a coach bus

Tour Bus Driver

Tour Bus Drivers drive bands across the country while on tour. Learn More Avg. Salary: $27,755 Salary Range: $20K - $39K Alt Titles: Tour Driver, Entertainer Coach Driver
Album Cover Designer sketching art on a notepad

Album Cover Designer

Album Cover Designers create cover art and layout for LPs and CDs based off an artist or label’s design ideas. Learn More Avg. Salary: $45,677 Salary Range: $33K-$66K Alt Titles: Record Designer, Cover Artist/Illustrator, Graphic Artist
Rack Jobber showing new release to record store employee

Rack Jobber

Provides CDs, DVDs, and music merchandise to stores whose main business is not music industry related. Learn More Salary Range: $25,000 to $55,000+ Alt Titles: Sub-distributor
Music Journalist writing a story on her desktop computer

Music Journalist

Music Journalists write music criticism and music news for print, online, and broadcast media. Learn More Avg. Salary: $40,662 Salary Range: $26K-$76K Alt Titles: Writer, Journalist, Reporter, Music Critic
Voice Therapist touching the throat of young male patient

Voice Therapist

Works with patients to help them recover from vocal damage and to make positive lifestyle and/or vocal behavior changes. Learn More Avg. Salary: $43,838 Salary Range: $31K - $64K Alt Titles: Vocal Therapist
Speech Pathologist writing notes on a medical report

Speech Pathologist

Helps rehabilitate patients with vocal disorders through voice therapy exercises. Learn More Avg. Salary: $60,235 Salary Range: $44K - $84K Alt Titles: Voice Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist
Promotion manager talking on the phone with a contact

Promotion Manager

Promotion Managers serve as the head of the radio promotions department and are in charge of netting radio airplay for the label’s artists. Learn More Avg. Salary: $78,787 Salary Range: $53K - $115K Alt Titles: Radio Promotion Manager, Record Promoter, Radio Promoter, Director of Radio Promotions
Music Critic working outdoors on his laptop

Music Critic

Music Critics interview Musicians and review live performances and recorded albums for print or online media outlets. Learn More Avg. Salary: $52,608 Salary Range: $10K-$221K Alt Titles: Music Writer
Music publicist on the phone with the media in her office

Publicist

Creates press kits, writes press releases, and contacts media to secure coverage for artists and albums. Learn More Avg. Salary: $47,139 Salary Range: $35K - $64K Alt Titles: Press Agent, PR Person, Staff Publicist
General manager of a record label concentrating with male coworker in background

General Manager

General Managers are the decisionmakers at a label, overseeing aspects of an album’s creation such as marketing, budgeting, distribution, and promotional shoots. Learn More Avg. Salary: $73,343 Salary Range: $45K-$122K Alt Titles: GM, Label Manager
Director of Public Relations drinking tea in front of laptop

Director of Public Relations

Coordinates press and promotions of orchestra, may handle advertising. Learn More Avg. Salary: $94,890 Salary Range: $62K-$138K Alt Titles: PR Director, Director of Press Relations, Publicity Director
Ethnomusicologist performing on stringed instrument

Ethnomusicologist

Ethnomusicologists go into the field to learn about the musical practices of different groups, writing academic studies that frame musical traditions and movements through a sociocultural lens. Learn More Avg. Salary: $72,630 Salary Range: $32K-$122K Alt Titles: Comparative Musicologist, Musicologist, Folklorist
Celebrity Bodyguards with client in elevator

Celebrity Bodyguard

Celebrity Bodyguards keep clients safe and happy. They must assess and deter possible threats from stalkers, paparazzi, and even ex-boyfriends while also ensuring that the celebrity is relaxed and... Learn More Avg. Salary: $64,718 Salary Range: $42K-$145K Alt Titles: Bodyguard, Executive Protection Professional, Close Protection Officer, Security Guard
Female music photographer taking shots at a festival

Music Photographer

A Music Photographer shoots live concerts, musician portraits and band promo photos. Learn More Avg. Salary: $44,452 Salary Range: $12K-$105K Alt Titles: Concert Photographer, House Photographer, Photographer
Tour Coordinator watching a live concert from the back of the room

Tour Coordinator

Manages financial aspects of touring, including budgeting, reconciling show settlements, and negotiating band, crew, and vendor deals. Learn More Avg. Salary: $37,407 Salary Range: $26K - $45K Alt Titles: Tour Director
Young Field Merchandiser with headphones in music store

Field Merchandiser

Distributes merchandise and promotional materials to retailers and wholesale departments. Learn More Avg. Salary: $29,649 Salary Range: $22K-$43K Alt Titles: Merchandising Representative, Field Representative
Program Director talking to DJ in the radio station studio

Program Director

The Program Director manages and schedules station programming, and oversees the station’s various departments and staff. Learn More Avg. Salary: $81,195 Salary Range: $48K - $132K Alt Titles: PD
Video jockey controlling videos on stage at concert from the sound booth

Video Jockey

Video Jockeys create video content and curate video playlists for concert performances, DJ nights, and live events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $23,629 Salary Range: $19K-$34K Alt Titles: VJ, Video Jock
Interior of a large nightclub with an impressive light show taking place

Nightclub Manager

Nightclub Managers oversee all employees and handles day-to-day operations. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,489 Salary Range: $20K-$92K Alt Titles: Club Manager
Production manager checking out band's setup on outdoor concert stage

Production Manager

Production Managers are responsible for all technical production elements of a live show, including sound, lighting, and staging. Learn More Avg. Salary: $70,773 Salary Range: $47K - $103K Alt Titles: PM, Concert Production Manager
Campus representative with students on campus

Campus Representative

Promotes a label’s artists through social media, online marketing campaigns, and organizing campus-area events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $26,827 Salary Range: $23K-$34K Alt Titles: College Marketing Representative, College Representative, Campus Rep
Poster artist using her computer and stylus to create a design

Poster Artist

Poster Artists design show posters for artists and music/lifestyle companies like record stores and concert venues. Learn More Avg. Salary: $45,276 Salary Range: $29K-$75K Alt Titles: Poster Designer, Screenprinter, Illustrator
Choreographer dancing on a city street

Choreographer

Choreographers create and teach dances to dancers to perform on stage during concert tours, theatrical performances, or film/TV projects. Learn More Avg. Salary: $48,699 Salary Range: $38K-$61K Alt Titles: None
Professional Manager on tablet in her office

Professional Manager

Pitches musical compositions to labels and artists for performance and recording. Learn More Salary Range: $20,000 to $64,590+ Alt Titles: None
Business Manager looking at his laptop and talking on the phone in a cafe

Business Manager

Handles all personal and business related financial needs of music business clients, including taxes, tour budgets, investment strategy, and contract negotiation. Learn More Avg. Salary: $78,635 Salary Range: $50K-$119K Alt Titles: Account Manager
Licensing Representative listening to music on her desktop computer

Licensing Representative

Licensing Representatives pitch music in their catalog for use in film, TV, commercials, movie trailers, and video games. Learn More Avg. Salary: $38,431 Salary Range: $28K-$53K Alt Titles: Licensing Consultant, Music Licensing Coordinator
Music Blogger typing on her laptop

Music Blogger

A Music Blogger writes breaking music news stories to be posted on an online music blog. Learn More Avg. Salary: $32,802 Salary Range: $17K-$56K Alt Titles: Music Writer, Music Reporter, Contributor, Staff Writer
Marketing Coordinator reading the screen of her desktop computer

Marketing Coordinator

A Marketing Coordinator handles tour, retail, and digital marketing opportunities for a record label and its artists. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,886 Salary Range: $38K-$67K Alt Titles: Marketing & Promotions Coordinator
Two male music interns getting feedback from their older female supervisor

Intern

Learns the ropes at a music business organization through administrative support and assistance on projects. Learn More Avg. Salary: $12.88 hourly Salary Range: $7.25-$30.15 hourly Alt Titles: None
Musical gear in flight boxes on outdoor concert stage

Stage Manager

A Stage Manager makes sure the day-to-day operations of a concert hall or other musical venue run smoothly. Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,000 Salary Range: $29K - $67K Alt Titles: None
Tattooed staff publicist working on her laptop in large, modern office space

Staff Publicist

Works to make sure artists and record labels are represented positively to the general public. Also arranges press kits, campaigns, and more. Learn More Salary Range: $25,000 to $200,000+ Alt Titles: Press Agent, Flack Agent
Music Marketing Representative works on his laptop on the patio of his office space

Music Marketing Representative

Implements surveys for specific market analysis, and briefs radio stations and trade magazines on record sales. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,207 Salary Range: $36K-$106K Alt Titles: Marketing Rep, Marketer, Marketing Staffer
Music Store Manager standing in music store with rows of acoustic guitars

Music Store Manager

Manages music shop or music department, buys/sells instruments and equipment. Learn More Avg. Salary: $51,152 Salary Range: $35K-$75K Alt Titles: Store Manager, Music Department Manager, Instrument Manager
Record Store Manager holding a vinyl record in the record store

Record Store Manager

Manages day-to-day operations, supervises workers, and opens and closes the store. Learn More Avg. Salary: $51,152 Salary Range: $35K - $75K Alt Titles: Store Manager, Music Department Manager
Production Music Writer working in his recording studio

Production Music Writer

Writes music that is usually licensed or sold to a Production Music Library. This music is then placed into TV shows, commercials, and films. The music composer generally splits their earnings with... Learn More Avg. Salary: $56,980 Salary Range: $36K - $89K Alt Titles: TV Music Writer, Commercial Music Writer, Film Music Composer, Music Producer, Jingle Writer
Stylish female Director of Publicity drinking coffee at her desk

Director of Publicity

Oversees the Publicity Department at record labels and is responsible for formulating and managing publicity campaigns. Learn More Avg. Salary: $68,148 Salary Range: $61K-$126K Alt Titles: PR Director, Publicity Director, Director of Publicity and Press Relations
Music business accountant in office with computer

Music Business Accountant

Music Business Accountants advise and work with musicians and music industry companies on financial matters. Learn More Avg. Salary: $59,317 Salary Range: $44K-$79K Alt Titles: Accountant, Tour Accountant, Music Specialist Accountant, Entertainment Accountant
Vinyl records on display in record store

Record Store Clerk

Sells records, CDs, and merchandise, assists customers in finding music. Learn More Avg. Salary: $24,340 Salary Range: $8.85 - $19.96 hourly Alt Titles: Music Store Cashier, Sales Person
Festival Director with festival attendees at outdoor concert

Festival Director

Festival Directors manage the behind-the-scenes logistics of the festival by working with vendors, city officials and on-site staff. Learn More Avg. Salary: $151,104 Salary Range: $149K-$153 Alt Titles: Festival Producer
Tour publicist closing a deal on the phone in her office

Tour Publicist

Tour Publicists work to secure regional interviews, show previews and concert reviews for every stop on an artist’s tour. Learn More Avg. Salary: $47,139 Salary Range: $35K - $64K Alt Titles: Publicist
A&R Administrator sitting at desk with headphones around his neck

A&R Administrator

Negotiates terms to secure rights to songs, masters tracks, delivers songs to DSPs, and ensures projects are under budget. Learn More Avg. Salary: $37,830 Salary Range: $33K - $45K Alt Titles: A&R Administration Representative
Consumer Researcher reporting results to staff in a boardroom

Consumer Researcher

Surveys consumer methods of purchasing, while analyzing and formulating consumer purchasing strategies. Learn More Avg. Salary: $61,857 Salary Range: $40K-$101K Alt Titles: Market Analyst, Market Researcher
Two Website Marketing Managers look at a computer and iPad in the office

Website Marketing Manager

Establishes a presence on the internet, markets and promotes the label and its artists, maintains and develops web campaigns, creates partnerships on the web and maintains publicity and press. Learn More Avg. Salary: $75,794 Salary Range: $52K - $108K Alt Titles: Internet Marketing Director, Website Marketer, Internet Advertising Representative, Digital Marketing Manager
Public Relations Counselor on the phone in his office

Public Relations Counselor

Public Relations Counselors write press releases, pitch stories to media, and schedule and coordinate interviews. Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,679 Salary Range: $50K - $80K Alt Titles: P.R. Counselor, Publicist
Artist Relations Development Rep hanging out with the musicians he represents in their rehearsal space

Artist Relations and Development Representative

Artist Relations and Development Representatives work with artists to cultivate and develop their careers, both artistically and financially. Learn More Avg. Salary: $45,276 Salary Range: $29K-$75K Alt Titles: Artist Relations, Development Staffer, Artist Development Rep, Product Development
Advance Person checking the tour schedule in his office

Advance Person

The Advance Person travels to each city on a tour, days or weeks before the band and crew arrive, in order to quality-check facilities, accommodations, and promotional material. Learn More Salary Range: $25,000 - $48,000 Alt Titles: Advance Agent
Empty concert stage with laser lights and piano

Concert Hall Manager

Manages concert hall, oversees all activities and employees in the venue. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,746 Salary Range: $18K-$84K Alt Titles: Theater Manager, Arena Director, Facility Director, Director of Hall Operations, Production/Facilities Manager
Record Industry Advertising Account Executive checking her phone in the conference room

Record Industry Advertising Account Executive

Implements record label advertising campaigns. Learn More Avg. Salary: $45,779 Salary Range: $33K - $66K Alt Titles: Account Representative
Concert Hall Marketing Director sitting in auditorium of opera theater

Concert Hall Marketing Director

Concert Hall Marketing Directors work to promote live events by sending email blasts, creating posters, advertising in local media, and overseeing the venue’s social media. Learn More Avg. Salary: $65,539 Salary Range: $44K-$97K Alt Titles: Director of Marketing, Marketing Manager
Music Store Salesperson showing electric guitar to female customer

Music Store Salesperson

Music Store Salespeople provide customer service for clientele shopping for musical instruments, both in the shop and online. They also assist with inventory maintenance and store upkeep. Learn More Avg. Salary: $47,000 Alt Titles: Music Store Sales Associate
Recording Artist Website Content Producer at work in his office

Recording Artist Website Content Producer

Produces content for the record label and artist’s website, writes articles and updates site events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $68,168 Salary Range: $41K - $105K Alt Titles: Website Content Manager, Website Content Editor
Musical Instrument Sales Representative looking at guitars with music store owner

Musical Instrument Sales Representative

Instrument Sales Reps are responsible for visiting musical instrument retail stores in their territory, selling them instruments and sound gear, and completing sales paperwork. Learn More Avg. Salary: $57,570 Salary Range: $33k-$72K Alt Titles: Sales Representative, Manufacturers Representative
Music web designer on his laptop with a dog

Music Web Designer

Web Designers use their creative skills to design the look and feel of websites for record labels and artists. Learn More Avg. Salary: $55,810 Salary Range: $40K - $79K Alt Titles: Front End Developer, Web Developer, Web Admin, Webmaster
Record Company Salesperson looking at his computer

Record Company Salesperson

Works to sell the label’s albums and merchandise. Learn More Avg. Salary: $43,234 Salary Range: $22K - $102K Alt Titles: Sales Representative, Sales Rep
Promotion Staffer on the phone in her office

Promotion Staffer

Works to get radio airplay for a label’s artists and sets up any on-air performances or promotional giveaways. Learn More Salary Range: $27,000 to $65,000+ Alt Titles: Record Promoter, Radio Promoter
Regional Sales Manager on the phone and checking out sales figures at a cafe

Regional Sales Manager

Oversees all aspects of marketing albums, including publicity and radio promotions. Also works with digital and physical distributors to ensure songs and albums are available for purchase. Learn More Avg. Salary: $92,221 Salary Range: $60K - $138K Alt Titles: Marketing Manager
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