Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary

Pay for Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $40K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up a slight majority of Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers (58 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,904 - $61,949
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,483
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$10.30 - $49.95
(Median)
$10
$25
$50
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,904 - $61,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,971  
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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$24,974 - $74,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $49.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,971  
   
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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$24,974 - $74,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $37K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 34%
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