The average Music Educator in the United States earns approximately $40K annually. Men make up a slight majority of Music Educators (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Women Music Educators who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Music Educators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,080 - $67,551
$20K
$40K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,372
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$9.83 - $34.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,080 - $67,551  
   
Bonus
$3,200  
Total Pay (?
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$19,966 - $69,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$21.25  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$3,200  
   
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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$19,966 - $69,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Music Educator

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $29K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. Music Educators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $58K on average.

Key Stats for Music Educator

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Music Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$42,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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