Art Teacher Salary

Pay for Art Teachers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $42K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Art Teachers (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little over a half get dental coverage, too. Most Art Teachers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,503 - $62,210
$30K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,901
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$10.21 - $35.52
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$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,503 - $62,210  
   
Bonus
$483.39 - $5,023  
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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$27,153 - $63,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $35.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.75  
Overtime
$4.86 - $31.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$483.39 - $5,023  
   
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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$27,153 - $63,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 182

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Job Description for Art Teacher

An art teacher works in a school environment, and the ages of students taught can vary from pre-school up to adults. A bachelor’s degree or higher in the arts is often required for this position, and extensive knowledge of art history and techniques is also necessary to teach a variety of topics to students. A portfolio may need to be shown to demonstrate personal ability, and a teaching certification must also be earned.

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Art Teacher Tasks

  • Instruct students on technique and use of a variety of art equipment such as oils, watercolors, brushes, pens, pencils, canvases and papers.
  • Manage team through training, coaching and motivation to ensure achievement of sales and service goals.
  • Plan lessons that challenge and interest students, meet state learning requirements and inspire further learning.

Common Career Paths for Art Teacher


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For Art Teachers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Art Teachers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like High School Teacher. Many Art Teachers go on to become Elementary School Teachers or Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher

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


Art Teachers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Art Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,387

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Art Teachers, heading east means bigger paychecks — those in Boston, Washington, and New York earn more on average than Art Teachers in the rest of the country. Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Employers pay around 17 percent less in San Diego and 14 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Art Teacher

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
▲31%

▲19%

▲3%

National Average
$41,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

art teacher
▲21%

artist
▲18%

Painting
▲15%

Art Education
▲9%

Art
▲7%

Project Management
▲4%



Graphic Design
▲1%

drawing
▼0%

National Average
$41,000


Team Leadership
▼3%

People Management
▼3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼6%

Teaching
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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