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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Art Instructor Salary

$43,489 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$20.91 hourly

Entry level Salary
$25,000 yearly
$25,000
10 %
$43,489
Median
$74,000
90 %

How much does an Art Instructor make?

Art instructors make $43,489 per year on average, or $20.91 per hour, in the United States. Art instructors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $25,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $74,000.

Location impacts how much an art instructor can expect to make. Art instructors make the most in California, Alaska, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

Highest Paying States For Art Instructors

Art Instructor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$59,239$28.481,874
2Alaska$55,191$26.5354
3New York$52,164$25.08745
4Nevada$44,475$21.38147
5Michigan$43,701$21.01446
6Connecticut$52,720$25.35121
7Oregon$40,984$19.70283
8Massachusetts$46,595$22.40352
9North Carolina$36,910$17.75684
10North Dakota$42,876$20.6140
11Hawaii$43,935$21.1263
12Arizona$39,884$19.18252
13New Jersey$41,545$19.97489
14Minnesota$41,126$19.77260
15Florida$38,342$18.43773
16Pennsylvania$44,186$21.24390
17District of Columbia$49,775$23.9344
18Louisiana$36,560$17.58137
19Utah$36,927$17.75131
20Washington$40,708$19.57261
21Rhode Island$37,365$17.9645
22New Mexico$35,515$17.0786
23Maryland$38,957$18.73314
24Delaware$35,663$17.1570
25Maine$36,418$17.5146
26Virginia$33,931$16.31614
27Texas$34,869$16.76833
28Montana$30,232$14.5379
29Vermont$31,458$15.1243
30Alabama$33,889$16.29146
31Mississippi$31,640$15.2193
32Ohio$33,235$15.98368
33Iowa$30,064$14.45166
34New Hampshire$33,491$16.1061
35West Virginia$32,150$15.4655
36Idaho$31,485$15.1457
37Wyoming$25,758$12.3844
38South Dakota$30,335$14.5837
39Indiana$33,121$15.92127
40Colorado$24,832$11.94517
41South Carolina$25,523$12.27323
42Georgia$26,579$12.78676
43Illinois$29,361$14.12509
44Oklahoma$31,244$15.0292
45Nebraska$29,066$13.9778
46Wisconsin$30,087$14.46188
47Arkansas$30,369$14.6041
48Kentucky$27,232$13.09157
49Kansas$24,123$11.60110
50Missouri$26,655$12.81162
51Tennessee$23,694$11.39190

Highest Paying Cities For Art Instructors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Santa Clara, CA$60,164$28.93
2New York, NY$52,913$25.44
3Camden, NJ$41,846$20.12
4Fort Lauderdale, FL$41,423$19.91
5Seattle, WA$41,337$19.87
6Eagan, MN$40,940$19.68
7Las Cruces, NM$40,356$19.40
8Portland, OR$40,192$19.32
9Tucson, AZ$40,131$19.29
10Greenville, NC$40,018$19.24
11Baltimore, MD$39,413$18.95
12Lafayette, LA$38,297$18.41
13Houston, TX$36,601$17.60
14Charlottesville, VA$32,977$15.85
15Fayetteville, AR$30,159$14.50

Art Instructor Salary Details

Art Instructor Salary

What is an Art Instructor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$74,000$6,167$36
75th Percentile$57,000$4,750$27
Average$43,489$3,624$21
25th Percentile$32,000$2,667$15
10th Percentile$25,000$2,083$12

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Piano Teacher$55,053$4,588$26.4752,993
Visiting Professor$97,169$8,097$46.7227,139
Music Internship$64,948$5,412$31.2349,414
Teaching Artist$70,729$5,894$34.004,493
Professor$158,407$13,201$76.1621,861
Art Teacher$50,384$4,199$24.2269,820

How would you rate the starting salaries for Art Instructors, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?

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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

Which Companies Pay Art Instructors The Most?

The highest paying companies for art instructors are Edinboro University and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Otis College of Art and Design and Kern Community College District report highly competitive wages for art instructors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Edinboro University$74,503$35.82
2Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College$69,420$33.38100
3Otis College of Art and Design$66,299$31.87
4Kern Community College District$53,754$25.84177
5Hawkeye Community College$51,689$24.854
6Franklin Pierce University$48,573$23.353
7City of Boise$44,972$21.623
8City and County of Denver Government$44,637$21.46
9City of Carlsbad$44,496$21.397
10Arena Stage$44,118$21.21
11New Jersey Institute of Technology$43,496$20.9142
12Jewish Community Center$43,489$20.91
13Shining Light TKD$43,489$20.91
14Ymca Of Central Stark County (ohio)$43,489$20.91
15South Suburban Parks and Recreation$43,489$20.91
16Independent Living Resources$43,489$20.91
17Associated Recreation Council$43,489$20.91
18Roads to Success$43,489$20.91
19City of Portland$43,489$20.91
20Alexandria Technical and Community College$43,489$20.91

How Much Do Art Instructors Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much an art instructor salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The government industry pays art instructors an average salary of $34,247

  2. The education industry pay $33,615

  3. The lowest paying industry for art instructors is the media industry. Art instructors in this industry earn an average salary of $28,245

Highest Paying Industries For Art Instructors

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Government$34,247$16.46
2Education$33,615$16.16
3Retail$31,377$15.09
4Non Profits$30,902$14.86
5Media$28,245$13.58

High Paying Art Instructor Jobs

Art Instructor Salary Trends

Average Art Instructor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Art Instructor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$43,500$20.91+0.2%
    2021$43,400$20.86-0.6%
    2020$43,700$20.99+4.3%
    2019$41,800$20.08-2.6%
    2018$42,800$20.60+4.8%

    Recently Added Art Instructor Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Galileo LearningElementary Summer Camp Instructor, Elementary ArtLos Angeles, CA05/31/2022$34,436
    City of Greenville, NcArt Instructor (Sewing & Fiber Arts)Greenville, NC05/31/2022$29,218
    Galileo LearningElementary Summer Camp Instructor, Elementary ArtChicago, IL05/31/2022$30,262
    Management & Training CorporationSocial Studies/Language Arts InstructorAstoria, OR05/29/2022$44,140
    Roads To Success Inc.Art Instructor (Summer Camp)New York, NY05/27/2022$41,740
    One River SchoolAdult Art InstructorWestport, CT05/25/2022$62,610
    KidztoprosArts Instructor-After School Enrichment ProgramChicago, IL05/23/2022$31,305
    KidztoprosArts Instructor-Summer CampHouston, TX05/22/2022$25,044
    Kern Comunity College DistrictDigital Media Arts Instructor, Adjunct Pool-OnlineIone, CA05/20/2022$125,220
    University of South CarolinaInstructor-2D ArtColumbia, SC05/20/2022$43,000

    Art Instructor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Art Instructors the most?

    California pays Art Instructors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $59,239 per year, or $28.48 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Art Instructor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Art Instructor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Alaska you should be paid close to $55,191 per year.

    What type of Art Instructor gets paid the most?

    Professor gets paid the most. Professor made a median salary of $158,407. The best-paid 10 percent make $217,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $115,000.

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