According to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the overall average salary for full-time music therapists was $42,364. Individual salaries can vary by population served, work setting, geographic location, years of experience, and level of graduate education completed. The income range reported in 2004 included salaries up to $200,000.
Popular Industries Music Therapists Salary Range
-Health Care Services $32,275 – $45,698
-Hospice Care $32,271 – $44,944
-Education, Private K-12 School $31,835 – $45,701
-Nursing Home $31,664 – $44,652
-Medical Services $32,534 – $46,566
Music therapists are employed in many different settings including general and psychiatric hospitals, mental health agencies, physical rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, public and private schools, substance abuse programs, forensic facilities, hospice programs, and day care facilities.
Typically, full-time therapists work a standard 40-hour workweek. Some therapists prefer part-time work and choose to develop contracts with specific agencies, providing music therapy services for an hourly or contractual fee. In addition, a growing number of clinicians are choosing to start private practices in music therapy to benefit from opportunities provided through