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What's the salary of professional singers in LA?

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Raj’s Answer

I think it depends on how good you are - which I am sure that you are great and then tenacity. The sky is the limit !

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eddie’s Answer

On average, professional singers can expect to earn about thirty dollars per hour, or approximately $45,000-$65,000 per year. However, the bulk of a creative professional's lifetime earning potential resides in contractual payments made for ownership and licensing of creative works.

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Paul’s Answer

There's lots of opportunities as a singer in any of the major media cities, like New York, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, etc. Most major film productions are under union contract, so in order to sing for those projects you'd need to be a member of AFTRA.

For music production, there's a wider - and less organized - range of opportunities. If you want to sing on commercials, it's basically the same as above - most opportunities will be union based. For musician and artist projects, it's typically a matter of "who you know." In fact, the majority of this industry, union or not, is relationship based.

But here's a dirty little secret a session musician in Nashville told me about. He said whatever city you move to, find out who the best person is on your instrument (in this case, voice), and take lessons from them. If they're so good - and thereby, well known - they will always have more work offers than they can handle. So often times they will recommend one of their students to take the work for which he/she knows they're a good match.

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Nir’s Answer

It really depends, the average pay might misleading because it would include the very very few who are extremely successful and making millions of dollars. However most freelance musicians in general do not make much money from singing but rather from teaching. From performing alone, unless you are lucky enough to get a lot of tours as a background singer, the pay you can expect I think is closer to 30,000-40,000. Which is very hard to get by on which is why most supplement their income with teaching.
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