The average Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $47K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly one in three 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. Male Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. Job satisfaction for Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,713 - $75,818
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MEDIAN: $47,315
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$15.78 - $59.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$32,713 - $75,818  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$33,075 - $94,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.78 - $59.39  
   
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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$33,075 - $94,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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

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

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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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $44K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $50K. On average, Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $65K.

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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!

Key Stats for Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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