Careers

Graduates of our Piano Technology Program have a variety of successful career choices. In addition to being independent entrepreneurs, our graduates hold positions at piano companies, colleges and universities, concert halls, recording studios, and music festivals.

Our graduates have held jobs like:

  • Registered Piano Technician (RPT)
  • Piano technician and manager in the piano technical services departments of colleges and universities
  • Piano tuner for recording studios
  • Owner, piano tuning and repair business
  • Owner, instrument rental business
  • Piano technician at various Steinway Piano Galleries
  • Piano technician for Tanglewood and Sundance summer music festivals
  • Piano rebuilder
  • Piano repairman/restorer
  • Consultant for a piano company
  • Piano tuner for cruise ship company

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

The closest job classification the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) uses is “Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners.” This classification includes repair of percussion, stringed, reed, and wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning. The classification does not include repair and tuning of electronic instruments.


EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners held about 7,730 jobs in 2015. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) predicts there will be a 2% to 4% growth rate from 2014-24, with roughly 1,900 job openings within that decade.


SALARY AND WAGE DATA

According to O*NET, the average annual salary for musical instrument repairers was $35,660 as of 2015, with an average hourly rate of $17.14. Payscale reports that the median hourly wage in 2016 was $14.00. However, they also note that experience has a moderate effect on income. Additionally, Income for this occupation varies widely based on industry and location. The U.S. DOL reports the following:

Industries with the highest levels of employment for musical instrument repairers:

  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores – Average annual salary: $38,330 | Average hourly wage: $18.43
  • Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance– Average annual salary: $33,970 | Average hourly wage: $16.33
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing– Average annual salary: $43,580 | Average hourly wage: $20.95
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools– Average annual salary: $50,670 | Average hourly wage: $24.36
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools– Average annual salary: $46,700 | Average hourly wage: $22.45

Top paying industries for musical instrument repairers:

  • Performing Arts Companies – Average annual salary: $60,880 | Average hourly wage: $29.27
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools– Average annual salary: $50,670 | Average hourly wage: $24.36
  • Elementary and Secondary Schools– Average annual salary: $46,700 | Average hourly wage: $22.45
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing– Average annual salary: $43,580 | Average hourly wage: $20.95
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Wholesalers– Average annual salary: $42,480 | Average hourly wage: $20.42

Top paying states for musical instrument repairers:

  • Texas– Average annual salary: $39,840 | Average hourly wage: $19.15
  • California– Average annual salary: $41,700 | Average hourly wage: $20.05
  • Illinois– Average annual salary: $38,410 | Average hourly wage: $18.47
  • Florida– Average annual salary: $31,240 | Average hourly wage: $15.02
  • New York– Average annual salary: $40,070 | Average hourly wage: $19.27

For more information on career outlook and additional resources, visit The Piano Technicians Guild.

View the School's gainful employment report for Basic Piano Technology here.

View the School's gainful employment report for Advanced Piano Technology here.

Note: Due to privacy concerns, on-time completion rates are withheld when fewer than ten students in a graduating class received Title IV, or "federal," financial aid during their enrollment at NBSS. Because our programs are small, this information may be withheld or appear low in any given year.

Typical earnings rates are based on the earnings of our graduates as reported to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) by the Social Security Administration (SSA), and therefore may not be an accurate reflection of potential earnings in a given field.

Typically, between 6 and 12 Basic Piano Technology Program graduates (40-75%) go on for further education in the NBSS Advanced Piano Technology Program each year.

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