The Career of a Music Producer

By: Maggie Underhill and Vanessa Marlo

What a Music Producer Does

They plan and coordinate the creation of a musical recording.

Why We Chose This Career

We both have a high interest in the music industry, and would like to know more about what a producer does in and out of the studio.

Criteria of a Producer

There are no education requirements for a music producer, but having formal music training would be an advantage.

Salary and Demand


They can earn anywhere from $27,000 - $75,000 a year or more. Very successful producers can earn up to $1,000,000 or more!


The outlook for this job is expected to grow 8% between 2008 and 2018, but competition for these openings are going to be very rare.

Day on the Job as a Producer

Music Producers have schedules that typically alternate between periods of heavy demand and lots of down time.