Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

Piano Tuner Adjusts String Tension

Musical instrument repairers and tuners work on a variety of instruments, often operating inside music shops or repair shops to keep the pieces in tune and in proper condition. Those who specialize in working on pianos or pipe organs may travel to the instrument's location to work. Instrument repairers and tuners usually specialize in certain families of musical instruments, such as stringed or brass instruments. Depending on the instrument, they may be skilled in working with wood, metal, electronics, or other materials. There are approximately 7,730 music instrument repairers and tuners employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Accordion Tuners and Repairers, Electronic Organ Technicians, Master Restorers, Musical Instrument Designers and Builders, Piano Technicians, Piano Tuners, Pipe Organ Technicians, Stringed-Instrument Repairers, Wind-Instrument Repairers
Duties Repair and tune musical instruments
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with most demand in urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Part-time or assistant experience recommended
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Master Craftsman or Repair Service Owner
  • Musical Instrument Repairer and Tuner
  • Apprentice

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