Music Engraver

Engrave words and music on zinc plates used to print sheet music.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Music Engravers do?

Engraves words and music on zinc plates used to print sheet music, following original manuscripts: Rules staff lines on plate, allowing for even margins. Stamps letters, words, and musical symbols in specified position on plate, using metal dies and hammer. Taps and scrapes engraved plates to smooth surface and prepare plates for use in printing presses, using ball peen hammers and hand scrapers.


Should I be a Music Engraver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Music Engraver

    Most Music Engravers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Master's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29|||master%27s+%281%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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