Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary

Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the United States take home an average $40K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$26,010 - $62,307
(Median)
$26K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,438
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90%

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$10.26 - $50.05
(Median)
$10
$25
$50
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,010 - $62,307  
   
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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$25,001 - $75,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $50.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$25,001 - $75,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $38K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $41K on average. For Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

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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 27%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 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
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 35%
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