Earnings for Art Teachers in the United States come in at around $42K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Art Teachers is high. Female Art Teachers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,388 - $62,359
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,603
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90%

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$10.19 - $35.14
(Median)
$10
$17
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,388 - $62,359  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $5,012  
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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$26,863 - $63,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 756
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $35.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$4.93 - $31.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$484.79 - $5,012  
   
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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$26,863 - $63,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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.

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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


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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 $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

National Average: $41,149

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

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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

artist
up arrow 19%

Painting
up arrow 12%

Art Education
up arrow 9%

Art
up arrow 8%


Project Management
up arrow 5%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

drawing
up arrow 1%

Graphic Design
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
0%

National Average
$41,000

Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 6%

People Management
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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