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 2011 National Occupational Classification 5132: Conductors, composers and arrangers.
According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Conductors, composers and arrangers occupational group earned on average from $29.46 to $33.20 an hour. The overall average was $32.85 an hour. More recent data is not available.