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Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary

Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the United States take home approximately $41K per year on average. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. Most Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$26,010 - $61,408
(Median)
$26K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,712
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90%

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$10.49 - $50.10
(Median)
$10
$23
$50
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,010 - $61,408  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,941  
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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$25,238 - $73,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.49 - $50.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,941  
   
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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$25,238 - $73,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87

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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $37K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $42K on average. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

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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 19%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

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: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 34%
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