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How Much Does an Art Instructor Earn In The United States?

Art Instructor Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
$33,000
$46,000
$66,000
Did you know that the average art instructor makes $46,844 per year? That's valued at $22.52 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $33,000 and $66,000, meaning art instructors have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most art instructors find a job with education and non profits companies, while others work for education, government, and non profits companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Connecticut, California and Massachusetts are the top states in the U.S. to pay art instructors the highest salaries.
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Where Art Instructors Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where art instructors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Art Instructors Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for an art instructor is roughly $46,844 per year, which boils down to $22.52 per hour. Interestingly enough, art instructors have the highest salaries in Santa Clara, CA at about $59,588 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Santa Clara, CA is $31,000. Additionally, art instructors make more than the average salary in Tucson, AZ, Greenville, NC, New Brunswick, NJ, New York, NY, and Renton, WA. On a more broad level, art instructor salaries are highest in Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. On the contrary, Colorado, South Carolina, and Tennessee offer the lowest art instructor salaries.
Location
1. Santa Clara, CA
$59,588
Avg. Salary
$22k
$82k
2. Tucson, AZ
$52,900
Avg. Salary
$22k
$82k
3. Greenville, NC
$49,649
Avg. Salary
$22k
$82k
4. New Brunswick, NJ
$49,642
Avg. Salary
$22k
$82k
5. New York, NY
$48,783
Avg. Salary
$22k
$82k
6. Renton, WA
$48,647
Avg. Salary
$22k
$82k

High Paying Art Instructor Jobs

Which Companies Pay Art Instructors The Most?

To earn a high income as an art instructor, working for National Academy of Sciences or Otis College of Art and Design might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Eden Prairie and prism report highly competitive wages for art instructors.
Company
Avg. Salary
$31k
$71k
Avg. Salary
$31k
$71k
Avg. Salary
$31k
$71k
Avg. Salary
$31k
$71k

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Barbara Bonnekessen Ph.D.

Professor and Dean, Eastern Illinois University

Starting salaries depend on the particular job you take (and having a master's degree will always increase that). That depends on your abilities (initially documented through your academic work), mobility, and sometimes sheer luck. But most people hold 5-7 jobs during their lifetime, and each job change could be a career move to better pay and a better work environment and more exciting work. Liberal arts graduates increase their wages by 43% throughout their work-life (compared to the business at 44% and STEM at 50%); the abovementioned broad educational portfolio of the liberal arts graduate allows for that movement. And while salaries are necessary, don't forget to factor in job satisfaction with a supportive work environment and work in which you can take pride.Show more

Art Instructor Salary History

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    Recently Added Art Instructor Salaries

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    Kern Comunity College District
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    Digital Media Arts Instructor, Adjunct Pool
    Digital Media Arts Instructor, Adjunct Pool
    Digital Media Arts Instructor, Adjunct Pool
    Bakersfield, CA
    Bakersfield, CA
    12/19/2020
    12/19/2020
    $125,220
    $125,220
    12/19/2020
    ART, Instructor
    ART, Instructor
    Joshua Tree, CA
    Joshua Tree, CA
    12/18/2020
    12/18/2020
    $84,127
    $84,127
    12/18/2020
    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Foundation, Inc.
    Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Foundation, Inc.
    Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts (Reposted On
    Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts (Reposted On
    Instructor, Baking & Pastry Arts (Reposted On
    Asheville, NC
    Asheville, NC
    12/18/2020
    12/18/2020
    $72,726
    $72,726
    12/18/2020
    Enrichment Instructor-Art (Effective School Year)
    Enrichment Instructor-Art (Effective School Year)
    Tucson, AZ
    Tucson, AZ
    11/11/2020
    11/11/2020
    $31,305
    $31,305
    11/11/2020
    Visual Arts Instructor
    Visual Arts Instructor
    San Diego, CA
    San Diego, CA
    09/15/2020
    09/15/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    09/15/2020
    Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25
    Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25
    Afterschool Program Art Instructor
    Afterschool Program Art Instructor
    Afterschool Program Art Instructor
    Pocatello, ID
    Pocatello, ID
    09/10/2020
    09/10/2020
    $104,350
    $104,350
    09/10/2020
    YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
    YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties
    Youth & Adult Programs Staff-Art Instructor
    Youth & Adult Programs Staff-Art Instructor
    Youth & Adult Programs Staff-Art Instructor
    Fargo, ND
    Fargo, ND
    08/20/2020
    08/20/2020
    $22,540
    $22,540
    08/20/2020
    South Suburban Parks and Recreation
    South Suburban Parks and Recreation
    Arts & Enrichment Instructor I
    Arts & Enrichment Instructor I
    Arts & Enrichment Instructor I
    Lone Tree, CO
    Lone Tree, CO
    08/19/2020
    08/19/2020
    $25,566
    $25,566
    08/19/2020
    South Suburban Park & Recreation
    South Suburban Park & Recreation
    Arts & Enrichment Instructor I
    Arts & Enrichment Instructor I
    Arts & Enrichment Instructor I
    Lone Tree, CO
    Lone Tree, CO
    08/18/2020
    08/18/2020
    $25,566
    $25,566
    08/18/2020
    Anaheim Family YMCA
    Anaheim Family YMCA
    Art Instructor (56084)
    Art Instructor (56084)
    Art Instructor (56084)
    Anaheim, CA
    Anaheim, CA
    08/13/2020
    08/13/2020
    $28,175
    $28,175
    08/13/2020