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Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary (United States)

The average Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art in the United States earns approximately $40K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, close to a third claim no health benefits at all. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent.
Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary (?
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$24,352 - $60,806
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MEDIAN: $39,956
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$10.45 - $51.12
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,352 - $60,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,947  
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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$24,284 - $73,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.45 - $51.12  
   
Overtime
$0.28 - $29.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,947  
   
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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$24,284 - $73,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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 many Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 — $41K on average. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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National Average
$41,000
Miami
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San Antonio
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With a pay rate for Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in San Antonio earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average.

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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

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$41,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 34%