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Art Teacher Salary

Art Teachers in the United States take home an average $41K annually. Earnings sit near $26K on the lower side but can approach $64K per year on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Art Teachers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (81 percent) of Art Teachers who took the survey are female. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and roughly one-half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,366 - $62,494
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,679
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$10.25 - $35.23
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$16
$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
$27,366 - $62,494  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,941  
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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$25,847 - $64,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 699
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $35.23  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.00  
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 - $2,941  
   
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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$25,847 - $64,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186

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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. Becoming an Elementary School Teacher or a Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art is a common transition from an Art Teacher role.

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Art Teachers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Graphic Design, drawing, and Painting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Childhood Education, Art, and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher

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


For many Art Teachers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Art Teachers make a median salary of $48K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


The three largest American cities — New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago — all offer salaries higher than the national average for Art Teachers. Art Teachers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Art Teachers in Baltimore bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Miami and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (21 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 11%

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 6%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 37% employee benefits None: 30%
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