Art Teacher Salary
|Salary||$29,503 - $62,210|
|Bonus||$483.39 - $5,023|
|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).)
|$27,153 - $63,781|
|Hourly Rate||$10.21 - $35.52|
|Overtime||$4.86 - $31.79|
|Bonus||$483.39 - $5,023|
|Total Pay (||$27,153 - $63,781|
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
- Instruct students on technique and use of a variety of art equipment such as oils, watercolors, brushes, pens, pencils, canvases and papers.
- Manage team through training, coaching and motivation to ensure achievement of sales and service goals.
- Plan lessons that challenge and interest students, meet state learning requirements and inspire further learning.
Common Career Paths for Art Teacher
For Art Teachers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Art Teachers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like High School Teacher. Many Art Teachers go on to become Elementary School Teachers or Postsecondary Music, Drama, and Art Teachers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $2K lower, respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Art Teachers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Art Teachers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $54K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Art Teachers, heading east means bigger paychecks — those in Boston, Washington, and New York earn more on average than Art Teachers in the rest of the country. Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Employers pay around 17 percent less in San Diego and 14 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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