Music Educators in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $20K to $73K per year, median earnings come to $40K per year. Women make up the majority of Music Educators (60 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Music Educators. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,053 - $71,834
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$72K
MEDIAN: $40,452
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,053 - $71,834  
   
Bonus
$4,100  
Total Pay (?
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$19,941 - $73,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$21.25  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$4,100  
   
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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$19,941 - $73,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. Music Educators bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Music Educators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $67K.

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Experience Affects Music Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$42,000

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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