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How will your music production education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a music production degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 105 brick and mortar music production schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had music production programs were:

  1. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas
  2. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland
  3. Indiana University-Bloomington - located in Bloomington, Indiana

Student Demographics

In 2010, 3,773 students earned degrees in music production in the US. Of these students, 1,751 received certifications in music production, 2,007 received an undergraduate degree in music production, and 15 received a graduate-level degree in music production.


Students can pursue education in music production at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Music Production
  • Bachelor's Degree in Music Production
  • Master's Degree in Music Production
  • Certificate in Music Production

During the course of their music production education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Digital Audio
  • Amplifiers
  • Verbal Communication
  • Recording and Mixing
  • Computer Skills


In 2010, music production schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $14,863 per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following music production schools:

  1. Johns Hopkins University - located in Baltimore, Maryland, students paid $39,150
  2. Loyola Marymount University - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $35,419
  3. Ithaca College - located in Ithaca, New York, students paid $32,060

The music production schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Fullerton College - located in Fullerton, California, students paid $656
  2. MiraCosta College - located in Oceanside, California, students paid $668
  3. Orange Coast College - located in Costa Mesa, California, students paid $686

How will your music production job compare?

The highest percentage of music production graduates pursue careers as music producers. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 20,640 music producers. The following states have the largest number of music producers:

  1. New York - 2,640 Music Producers
  2. Texas - 2,420 Music Producers
  3. California - 2,290 Music Producers

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of people working as a music producer in the US will grow to 59,000. This would require a 5% growth in the profession. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for music producers over the next few years:

  1. Tennessee - 30%
  2. Kansas - 24%
  3. Virginia - 22%


In the US, a music producer earns on average $51,960 per year. However, factors such as experience, professional associations and certifications, or location can cause the salary for a music producer to vary greatly. A music producer in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,550 per year to more than $144,360 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a music producer are:

  1. California - $69,690 per year
  2. Washington State - $67,790 per year
  3. New Jersey - $64,080 per year

Music producers in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Kentucky - $25,470 per year
  2. Montana - $32,390 per year
  3. Utah - $35,340 per year

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music production?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Producers and Directors 83,520 $88,610 41.4%
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 47,510 $44,460 17.6%
Music Directors and Composers 20,640 $52,750 139.7%
Sound Engineering Technicians 15,650 $54,030 23.4%