Music therapy salaries from 1998-2012: A comparative and descriptive study

Michael J.silverman, Amelia G. Furman, Edward T. Schwartzberg, Jennifer Leonard, Elizabeth Stephanz, Rachel Mckee

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The purposes of this study were to compare music therapy salary data with those of related helping professions in 2011 and descriptively analyze music therapy salary data from 1998-2012. To compare music therapy salaries with other helping professionals' salaries,a database was constructed utilizing data from the United States Department of Labor website. Music therapy salary data were obtained from the 1998-2012 American Music Therapy Association Descriptive Statistical Profiles. Results indicated that although music therapists tended to have higher mean salaries than recreational therapists, their salaries were lower than those of other comparison professions. From 1998-2011, music therapists' salaries increased by an overall mean of $16,440. Concerning music therapists' age categories, their salaries tended to increase in accordance with thenumber of years in the profession. Music therapists working witholder adults tended tohave lower salaries. Limitations and suggestions for future inquiry are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-188
Number of pages8
JournalMusic Therapy Perspectives
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


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