How Much Does Working In The Music Industry Really Pay?

Author : 6AM
March 26, 2017

How Much Does Working In The Music Industry Really Pay?

When people hear about the music industry, they immediately think about rock stars or DJs rolling around in millions. While that could be the case, artists aren’t the only ones with all the dough. Comparing salaries in the music business tends to be second nature to those involved, but the average Joe often forgets the other side of the DJ booth, music studio or performing stage. Behind the scenes is where the crew is and people don’t factor in the difficulty of their jobs and just how much money they can make.

There are a lot of people who are part of the music industry. Below we will be showing you the various salaries of the artists and their crew through a series of graphics posted by Billboard.

What Artists Earn For in the Music Industry

Jordan Calvano/2015

DJ Income in the Music Industry

Touring Salary in the Music Industry

These charts are only an estimate and a sample of how people in the music industry get their income. While it is staggering to see the figures projected, it’s important to also take a look at the expenses they have. People in the music industry have to allot funds for the business side of the job, expenses devoted to publicity, social media, and security, just to name some examples. Also, artists, directors, and producers all have personal assistants which are an added expense to bear in mind.

Artists Expenses in the Music Industry


Salaries Divided by Job Type

Below are salaries divided by sub-industry and job type, giving a more detailed understanding of the various types of income that can be found throughout all strata of the music industry.


Agency Salary



Journalist salary


Artist Manager

Artist manager





Digital Streaming

Digital Streaming



top earners

Music is a great industry to work in and these figures speak for themselves. To have the type of salary that artists have you’ll need a lot of hard work and perseverance. If your dream job seems to be on the lower wage scale of these estimated figures above, don’t fret! You can always push yourself to be the best in the field and bring in a bigger fee. All in all, the music industry is one of the best places to work for: it is where you can make a living doing something you love and will make a mark in the world at the same time.

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