Music Journalists Make $70k A Year?

According to research by Berklee College of Music, music journalists can make up to $70,000 a year, or a helluva lot better than what freelance business journalists make.

TBD checked the numbers with a few people in the business. According to freelance pop critic Andy Greenwald, “That’s exactly the range that I was gonna say.”

On the other hand, despite Spin‘s staff shrinking to 6, a reduction in the per-word rate the mag pays freelancers, and a lack of raises for staff for three years, music journalist salaries “go higher than that,” Spin‘s editor Doug Brod told TBD. And at big newspapers, the salaries definitely do.

On the other hand, Maura Johnston, who may be the “most prominent music journalist on the Web,” has placed her work in 20 different outlets just this year, and “her financial aspirations include not having to share an apartment with a roommate,” TBD arts editor Andrew Beaujon writes.

The good news: While critics are a dime a dozen, “finding critics who can do music journalism — make calls, break news, and use their exquisite taste in music to guide them to the next story — though, is still a grind.”