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Art Teacher Salary

Median pay for Art Teachers in the United States is around $41K annually. Pay ranges from $26K on the low end to $64K per year on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. Most Art Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Art Teachers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,983 - $62,141
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$27K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,652
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$10.23 - $35.29
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,983 - $62,141  
   
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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$25,575 - $63,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 718
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $35.29  
   
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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$25,575 - $63,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like High School Teacher. Median pay for High School Teachers is $43K. An Art Teacher may also move into a role as an Elementary School Teacher or a Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art.

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Art Teachers seem to require a number of specific skills. 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.


Art Teachers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Art Teachers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $48K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


Professionals earn a generous sum in the three largest American cities: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles each offer salaries above the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Art Teachers in Baltimore earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (21 percent less) and Cleveland (19 percent less).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 10%

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 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 7%

Childhood Education
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 31%
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