Composers often negotiate their fees directly with employers. Fees vary widely and are not necessarily based on experience.
The Canadian League of Composers pays a flat per-minute rate to composers of commissioned works. The composer's reputation and talent determine the fee for most long commissioned pieces.
Composers are paid royalties from performances of their music. Royalties are collected and distributed by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
Composers are part of the larger 2016 National Occupational Classification 5132: Conductors, composers and arrangers.
According to the 2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Conductors, composers and arrangers occupational group earned on average up to $37.80 an hour. The overall average was $29.84 an hour. For more information, see the Conductors, composers and arrangers wage profile.