Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary

Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $40K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and nearly one-half receive dental plans. Women make up a slight majority of Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers (59 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,834 - $61,171
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,419
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50%
90%

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$10.61 - $50.92
(Median)
$11
$23
$51
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,834 - $61,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,899  
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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$25,186 - $74,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.61 - $50.92  
   
Overtime
$0.28 - $29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,899  
   
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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$25,186 - $74,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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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. 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 $42K on average. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 35%