Art Teacher Salary

For Art Teachers, annual average wages total $41K per year. Compensation ranges from $26K on the lower end to $64K per year on the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Art Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. Art Teachers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 82 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,436 - $62,007

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$10.05 - $35.61

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,436 - $62,007  
   
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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$25,620 - $64,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 784
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $35.61  
   
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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$25,620 - $64,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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. 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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Curriculum Planning, Graphic Design, drawing, and Teaching are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. On average, Art Teachers make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Art Teachers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, the three largest American cities, are home to some of the highest salaries for Art Teachers; they all offer salaries above the field's national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Art Teachers in Baltimore earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (19 percent less) and Cleveland (18 percent less).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

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 7%

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Painting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Art
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 8%

Childhood Education
up arrow 12%

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
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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