The median hourly wage of musicians and singers was $22.39 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.50, and the top 10 percent earned more than $60.02.
In May 2010, median hourly wages in the industries employing the most musicians and singers were as follows:
|Performing arts companies||$24.91|
|Educational services; state, local, and private||19.78|
|Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional,|
and similar organizations
Rehearsals and recording sessions are commonly held during business hours, but live performances are most often at night and on weekends.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition