Violin Making and Repair Careers

The highly skilled graduates of the Violin Making and Repair (VM) program enjoy a wide a variety of careers, from self-employed luthiers to owners of full service string instrument shops. They repair, restore and build violins and cellos.

Job prospects

Below is a general guide to wages, salaries and industry growth for violin makers and repairers. It is difficult to be specific, however, because the job classifications defined by the US Department of Labor (DOL) do not match the highly specialized skills of graduates from NBSS.

The closest job classification the DOL uses is “Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners”, which includes “repair of percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. Many specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.” The classification does not include repair and tuning of electric instruments. This is the same category as piano technicians. Visit Piano Technology Careers for the DOL statistics for “Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners.”

Salaries and Wages

Simply Hired lists the average salary for luthier jobs as $22,000 and the average salary in Boston, Massachusetts as $47,000. These statistics are calculated using the average salary for all jobs with the term "luthier" anywhere in the job listing.  Other websites with salary information include Salary Expert and Salary List.com.  

Other resources

The Violin Society of America 
VM alumni websites