Art, Drama, or Music Teacher, Postsecondary Salary

Median pay for Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $41K per year. Compensation ranges from $26K on the lower end to $83K per year on the higher end. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and approximately one-half receive dental plans. Female Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction for Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers is high.

$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 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. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $40K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $41K. For Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $55K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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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