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Music Therapist Salary

$41,664 (USD)

Average Salary

$20/hr

Average Hourly

$433

Average Bonus

Last updated: December 08, 2019

The average pay for a Music Therapist is $41,664 a year and $20 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Music Therapist is between $31,238 and $50,312. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Music Therapist. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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Description:
  • Plans, organizes, and directs medically prescribed music therapy activities as part of mental and physical health care and treatment of patients to influence behavioral and psychological changes leading to restoration, maintenance, and improvement of health and increased comprehension of self, environment, and physical ability: collaborates with other members of rehabilitation team in planning music activities in accordance with patients' physical or psychological needs, capabilities, and interests.
  • Develops treatment plan, using individualized needs assessment, depending on focus of therapy, such as hospice, psychiatric, or obstetrics.
  • Directs and participates in instrumental and vocal music activities designed to meet patients' physical or psychological needs, such as solo or group singing, rhythmic and other creative music activities, music listening, or attending concerts.
  • Instructs patients individually or in groups in prescribed instrumental or vocal music and music projective techniques, such as guided imagery, progressive relaxation, awareness of conscious feelings, or musically intergraded lamaze method.
  • Studies and analyzes patients' reactions to various experiences and prepares reports describing symptoms indicative of progress or regression.
  • Submits periodic reports to treatment team or physician to provide clinical data for evaluation.
  • May oversee practicum and approved internships.
Music Therapist Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Recreational Therapists

Job family population: 18,840

Estimated population of Music Therapist jobs: 3,101

Rate of error: 2.5%

Estimated salary in 2024:
$48,300
5 Year Change:
16 %
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Music Therapist Job Listings for United States

Music Therapist
Sep 14
Indianapolis, United States
Meaningful Day Services
If the answer is yes, the Music Therapist position at Meaningful Day Services could be job the you are looking for. Meaningful Day Services has proudly been serving individuals with developmental ...
Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC)
Nov 6
La Crosse, WI, USA
Life In Harmony Music Therapy, LLC
Life in Harmony Music Therapy, LLC is seeking a full-time Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC) who demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, confident musicianship, interest (or advanced ...
Recreational Therapist
Sep 30
Green Bay, WI, USA
Evolve Healing
RT's use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and ... Create recreational therapy programming for Evolves IOP and PHP programs of care * Facilitate ...
ACTIVITY THERAPIST - FT
Dec 6
Titusville, Florida, USA
Universal Health Services, Inc
Registered Art Therapist, Certified Music Therapist, Registered Occupational Therapist, Registered Physical Therapist, Certified
Day Treatment Therapist ($1,000 Sign On Bonus)
Oct 29
Coos Bay, OR, USA
Kairos NW
Successful candidates will have: • Graduate degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Art or Music Therapy; Or, Graduate degree in a behavioral science field or qualified Mental Health Intern ...

The average pay for a Music Therapist is $41,664 a year and $20 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Music Therapist is between $31,238 and $50,312. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Music Therapist. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

ERI’s compensation data are based on salary surveys conducted and researched by ERI. Cost of labor data in the Assessor Series are based on actual housing sales data from commercially available sources, plus rental rates, gasoline prices, consumables, medical care premium costs, property taxes, effective income tax rates, etc.

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