Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary

The average Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K per year. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $83K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, nearly one-third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers (60 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,857 - $65,085
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $41,423
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$10.95 - $51.12
(Median)
$11
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$26,857 - $65,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$25,776 - $82,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.95 - $51.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.00  
Overtime
$20.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
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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$25,776 - $82,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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. Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $40K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $41K. For Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $55K.

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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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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