Martial Arts Instructor Salary
A big portion of take-home pay for Martial Arts Instructors — more than half, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $28K. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Martial Arts Instructors who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Martial Arts Instructor
Martial arts instructors educate their students on martial arts techniques and skills, generally leading multiple classes at a range of skill levels from novice to expert. They ensure that classes are safe, high energy and informative to students, providing encouragement and troubleshooting to make sure that students get the most out of classes. Depending on training and background, instructors may also lead specialty classes for students of higher skill levels. Cross-training across several fighting styles is expected, and off-site training and classes may sometimes be required.Read More...
A martial arts instructor’s working hours may vary, and scheduling can be somewhat flexible, with classes potentially offered seven days a week in morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Certain high-volume classes may require an assistant, and the instructor is expected to work well with the assistant in preparing for and conducting classes. Generally, all equipment necessary to teach classes will be provided by the employer with the exception of the instructor's robes. With the exception of the occasional off-site training, all instruction takes place at the specified dojo. Wages are typically hourly and based on the amount of training offered by the instructor.
Martial arts instructors are generally expected to have a high level of training and experience within their style of martial arts. They must be comfortable and experienced with teaching students; if children are being taught, the applicant must be able to work well with both children and their parents or guardians to address any concerns. In part because instructors often work with children, a criminal background check is typically conducted before any hire is made.
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Pay by Experience Level for Martial Arts Instructor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Martial Arts Instructors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $24K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $35K.