Music Educator Salary

Median pay for Music Educators in the United States is around $45K annually. Women make up the majority of Music Educators (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and half collect dental insurance. The majority of Music Educators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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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$0$30K$60K$90K
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: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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: 2 Jul 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $36K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect 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. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $69K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Music Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

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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