Art Teacher Salary

For Art Teachers, yearly average wages total $41K annually. Earnings generally vary between $26K and $65K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Art Teachers (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Art Teachers report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a little less than one-half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,275 - $62,498
(Median)
$27K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,999
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$10.21 - $36.31
(Median)
$10
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,275 - $62,498  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$25,765 - $65,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $36.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$25,765 - $65,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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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 level for those who assume higher-end positions like High School Teacher. Median pay for High School Teachers is $43K. An Art Teacher may also move into a role as an Elementary School Teacher or a Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art.

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Art Teachers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in artist, Graphic Design, Curriculum Planning, and Painting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Childhood Education, People Management, and Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. On average, Art Teachers make $48K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,660

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

Relative to their peers in the rest of the country, professionals in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago (the largest American cities) reap salaries that surpass the national average. Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Baltimore (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

artist
up arrow 18%

Graphic Design
up arrow 7%


Painting
up arrow 4%

Teaching
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

drawing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Art
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 10%

People Management
up arrow 11%

Childhood Education
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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