Average Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the United States make around $45K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers (55 percent) survey respondents. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well.

$30,065 - $75,282
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$30K
$45K
$75K
MEDIAN: $45,491
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$15.68 - $55.15
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$16
$24
$55
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$30,065 - $75,282  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,097 - $93,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.68 - $55.15  
   
Overtime
$26.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,097 - $93,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary

Postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers educate postsecondary students in their field. Individuals in this position must be able to teach, coach, and lead students so they are able to reach their potential within the discipline. They must constructively critique and grade their students, requiring excellent communication skills, the ability to effectively deliver instructional material, and a willingness to listen to students' concerns.

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Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Tasks

  • Evaluate and grade student performances, projects, assignments, and work.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures on topics such as acting, art, and music.
  • Explain and demonstrate specific techniques to students.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $44K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $45K. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary in Williamsburg:
"There Are No Raises!"
Again There are no raises for Adjunct Faculty! Correction, once 7 years ago they decided to pay 500. More per the course. No merit raises in spite of my glowing reviews by students. My course is filled to the max within the first 5 seconds of registration opening!

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Experience Affects Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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