Art Teacher Salary (United States)

Art Teachers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation in this field is $39,884 per year. The range in pay spans from $25,508 to $63,373 per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by about half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Art Teacher Salary (?
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$26,647 - $61,364
(Median)
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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  
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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  
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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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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for Art Teachers. Typically, those who move into a High School Teacher role will bring in a similar salary to their current position. An Art Teacher may also move into a role as an Elementary School Teacher or an Postsecondary Arts Teacher.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Art Teachers, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Art Teachers in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $35K to just $41K. Earnings total $47K after one to two decades. As Art Teachers reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $56K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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. Art Teachers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent), Las Vegas (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Art Teachers in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. Employers in Cleveland and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-20 percent and -12 percent, respectively).

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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
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%
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