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Art Teacher Salary (United States)

Art Teachers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $64K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Art Teachers (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and just under one-half have dental insurance. For the most part, Art Teachers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Art Teacher Salary (?
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$26,407 - $62,160
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MEDIAN: $40,267
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Art Teacher Salary (?
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$10.08 - $35.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,407 - $62,160  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,926  
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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$25,383 - $63,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 592
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.08 - $35.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,926  
   
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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$25,383 - $63,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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 who go on to become High School Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a High School Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $43K. It is not uncommon for an Art Teacher to continue on to become an Elementary School Teacher or an Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art.

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Art Teachers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in drawing, Painting, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Curriculum Planning 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $35K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $40K. Art Teachers see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $57K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Atlanta
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Philadelphia
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Washington
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San Diego
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Chicago
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Las Vegas
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Dayton
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National Average
$40,000
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Oakland
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Cleveland
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Home to some of the best pay for Art Teachers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Art Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). Art Teachers in Miami make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (18 percent lower) and Oakland (17 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

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

drawing
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Painting
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National Average
$40,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
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Curriculum Planning
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Adobe Photoshop
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Art
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Childhood Education
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

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