Music Educator Salary

Music Educators in the United States take home an average $44K annually. More than half of Music Educators (65 percent) survey participants are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and nearly one-half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,469 - $75,000
(Median)
$24K
$44K
$75K
MEDIAN: $43,836
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90%

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$8.30 - $67.87
(Median)
$8
$26
$68
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$24,469 - $75,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,652  
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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$23,748 - $86,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$8.30 - $67.87  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,652  
   
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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$23,748 - $86,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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Job Description for Music Educator

A music educator is a teacher who specializes in teaching the performance and appreciation of music, either instrumentally or vocally. In elementary schools, music educators help provide early foundations for creative expression and knowledge of music and identify children who may have aptitude and talent for music and performance in order to nurture these gifts. In middle and high schools, music educators may specialize in bands, choral work, or higher-level music theory.

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Music Educator Tasks

  • Adapt teaching materials or techniques according to student needs.
  • Observe students to determine ability and limitations, and offer corrections or advice on improvement.
  • Instruct students individually or in groups using a variety of teaching methods.
  • Conduct individual workshops or demonstrations on specific skills or topics.

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Educator

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Music Educators. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $34K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $44K on average. On average, Music Educators make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $67K on average.

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Experience Affects Music Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 50%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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