Art Teacher Salary
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.Read More...
Art teachers may need to develop the curriculum of lessons to be taught, and classes are often taught on a group basis, though one-on-one supervision may also be provided to aid individual style and development. It's also important to be able to control and effectively instruct a large group of students.
Strong verbal communication skills are essential in this position, and patience and adaptability to change are also important when lessons do not go as planned. Art instructors are often responsible for obtaining the necessary materials to teach the class, so they must also keep a close eye on inventory levels and applicable budgets. Examples of projects may also be prepared by art teachers to aid instruction. Homework and projects will be assigned to students, and it's often necessary to follow up with students to evaluate their progress.
Art Teacher Tasks
- 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
Art Teachers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like High School Teacher. Median pay for High School Teachers is $44K. Art Teachers most often move into positions as Elementary School Teachers or Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers. Elementary School Teachers actually earn $1K less on average, however, and Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers earn $1K less per year than Art Teachers do.
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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 many Art Teachers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. For Art Teachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $54K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
Eastern cities like Washington, Philadelphia, and New York are lucrative areas for Art Teachers, where pay is higher than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Employers in San Diego and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).