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Art Teacher Salary (United States)

Art Teachers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $26K and $63K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although approximately one-third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half get dental coverage, too. In this field, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Art Teachers are female. Job satisfaction for Art Teachers is high. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Art Teacher Salary (?
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$26,647 - $61,364
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MEDIAN: $40,108
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Art Teacher Salary (?
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$10.07 - $37.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,647 - $61,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$25,508 - $63,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 520
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $37.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$25,508 - $63,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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 for those who assume higher-end positions like High School Teacher. High School Teachers tend to get paid $43K. An Elementary School Teacher or an Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art is a typical transition from an Art Teacher role.

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Art Teachers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in drawing, Painting, Adobe Photoshop, and Art are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Art Teachers. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $35K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Art Teachers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $56K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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San Francisco
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Atlanta
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Philadelphia
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Chicago
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Dayton
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National Average
$40,000
San Diego
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Miami
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Cleveland
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Art Teachers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and San Francisco are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Art Teachers earning around 13 percent, 9 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more than average. Location significantly influences compensation, with Miami Art Teachers earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cleveland and San Diego (20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 18%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

drawing
up arrow 13%
Painting
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National Average
$40,000
Adobe Photoshop
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Art
up arrow 12%
Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 32%