Music Educator Salary

Music Educators in the United States take home approximately $45K per year on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Music Educators survey participants are more prevalent than men — 63 percent of professionals. A fair number enjoy medical while approximately one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about a fourth. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,702 - $80,171
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$80K
MEDIAN: $44,557
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$14.95 - $95.99
(Median)
$15
$37
$96
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$28,702 - $80,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,728  
Total Pay (?
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$29,462 - $88,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $95.99  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,728  
   
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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$29,462 - $88,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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.


Music Educators with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $36K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $45K. For Music Educators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $69K on average.

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Experience Affects Music Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 20%
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