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.

$19,033 - $53,638
(Median)
$19K
$31K
$54K
MEDIAN: $30,513
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90%

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$8.29 - $20.13
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,033 - $53,638  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $15,319  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
Commission
$14,750  
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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$17,587 - $51,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.29 - $20.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$489.36 - $15,319  
   
Commission
$14,750  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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).
)
$17,587 - $51,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.

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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.

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Experience Affects Martial Arts Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental:
medical benefits
Vision:
dental benefits
None: 89%
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