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Art Teacher Salary

Art Teachers in the United States take home an average $41K annually. Pay ranges from $26K on the low end to $65K per year on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Art Teachers who took the survey — 82 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a little less than half have dental, too. For the most part, Art Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,478 - $63,202
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$27K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,593
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$10.16 - $35.57
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$36
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
$27,478 - $63,202  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
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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$25,770 - $65,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 670
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $35.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
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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$25,770 - $65,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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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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Many Art Teachers move into a High School Teacher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. High School Teachers on average bring in a similar salary to Art Teachers. It is not uncommon for an Art Teacher to continue 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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, drawing, Painting, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Art Teachers. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $35K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $41K. Art Teachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


Art Teachers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago — the three largest cities in the United States — make significantly more than the national average. Compared to the national average, Miami Art Teachers have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (19 percent lower) and Baltimore (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 11%

drawing
up arrow 3%

Painting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Art
up arrow 6%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 6%

Childhood Education
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 31%