According to an annual survey of American Music Therapy Association members conducted in 2011 the overall average salary reported by music therapists was $48,066. The median overall salary reported in the same survey was $45,000 and the most commonly reported salary was just about $40,000 a year. Music therapists also reported earning as little as $20,000 in a year and as high as $188,000. Salary and compensation for music therapists are affected by experience, geographic location, and specialty. Overall compensation for a music therapist can fall anywhere from $23,000 to $135,000 a year.