Art Teacher Salary

Art Teachers are most sought-after on the East Coast, which is home to the nation's three top-paying cities: Washington, New York, and Philadelphia. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by around half. There are far more female Art Teachers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,938 - $62,559
$30K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,420
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$11.29 - $30.89
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$31
MEDIAN: $17.01
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$0$63K
Salary $29,938 - $62,559
Bonus $483.68 - $5,135
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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$28,293 - $63,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 731
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.29 - $30.89
Hourly Tips $6.75
Overtime $18.50
Annual Data $0$63K
Bonus $483.68 - $5,135
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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$28,293 - $63,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 162

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Job Description for Art Teacher

An art teacher works in a school environment, and the ages of students taught can vary from pre-school up to adults. A bachelor’s degree or higher in the arts is often required for this position, and extensive knowledge of art history and techniques is also necessary to teach a variety of topics to students. A portfolio may need to be shown to demonstrate personal ability, and a teaching certification must also be earned.

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Art Teacher Tasks

  • Instruct students on technique and use of a variety of art equipment such as oils, watercolors, brushes, pens, pencils, canvases and papers.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures on subjects such as acting, art, and music.
  • Plan lessons that challenge and interest students, meet state learning requirements, and inspire further learning.

Common Career Paths for Art Teacher


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Art Teachers who go on to become High School Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a High School Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $44K. Art Teachers most often move into Elementary School Teacher or Postsecondary Teacher of Music, Drama, or Art roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Pay by Experience Level for Art Teacher

Pay by Experience for an Art Teacher has a positive trend. An entry-level Art Teacher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 442 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Art Teacher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 256 salaries. An experienced Art Teacher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 252 salaries. An Art Teacher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,271

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Art Teachers, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, in particular. Art Teachers in Cleveland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in San Diego and Milwaukee also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Art Teacher

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Art Teacher Salaries

▲28%

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$42,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Art Teacher Salaries

art teacher
▲18%

artist
▲16%

Painting
▲12%

Art Education
▲6%

Art
▲2%

Project Management
▲2%

Graphic Design
▲1%

National Average
$42,000



drawing
▼2%

Adobe Photoshop
▼3%

People Management
▼5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼8%

Teaching
▼15%

Team Leadership
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 29%
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