Art Teacher Salary

An average Art Teacher in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $26K to $64K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Art Teachers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,391 - $62,229
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,687
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$10.07 - $35.59
(Median)
$10
$17
$36
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,391 - $62,229  
   
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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$25,626 - $64,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 771
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $35.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$25,626 - $64,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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 go on to become High School Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a High School Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $43K. An Art Teacher often moves on to become an Elementary School Teacher or a Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art.

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Art Teachers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Graphic Design, drawing, and Painting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Childhood Education, Adobe Photoshop, and Teaching.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Art Teachers. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


The three largest American cities — New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles — all offer salaries higher than the national average for Art Teachers. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Art Teachers in Baltimore earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Employers in Miami and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 17 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 8%

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%

Teaching
up arrow 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

Childhood Education
up arrow 11%

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: 69% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 30%
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