Art Teacher Salary

The average Art Teacher in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $26K and $64K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. The vast majority of Art Teachers (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,524 - $62,392
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,769
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$10.13 - $35.18
(Median)
$10
$17
$35
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,524 - $62,392  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,886  
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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$25,719 - $64,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 762
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $35.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,886  
   
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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$25,719 - $64,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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Job Description for Art Teacher

  • Plan lessons that challenge and interest students, meet state learning requirements and inspire further learning.
  • Manage team through training, coaching and motivation to ensure achievement of sales and service goals.
  • Instruct students on technique and use of a variety of art equipment such as oils, watercolors, brushes, pens, pencils, canvases and papers.

Common Career Paths for Art Teacher


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Art Teachers who transition into an upper level High School Teacher position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average High School Teacher makes $43K a year. Becoming an Elementary School Teacher or a Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art is often the next step for an Art Teacher.

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Survey results suggest that Art Teachers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Graphic Design, drawing, and Painting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Childhood Education, Adobe Photoshop, and Art.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Art Teachers bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Art Teachers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles — America's three largest cities — boast salaries well above the national rate for Art Teachers. Art Teachers in Baltimore earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Cleveland (21 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 9%

Graphic Design
up arrow 8%

drawing
up arrow 3%

Painting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Art
up arrow 8%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

Childhood Education
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 30%
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