How Much Do Art and Music Professors Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Art, Drama and Music Professors

Art, Drama and Music Professors teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$84780 per year

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$34,220 to $50,300 per year

Entry-level Postsecondary Art, Drama and Music Teachers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $34,220 to $50,300 per year. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Postsecondary Art, Drama and Music Teachers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $* $153,060
Senior (Top 25%) $* $102,330
Middle (Mid 50%) $* $69,690
Junior (Bottom 25%) $* $50,300
No experience (Bottom 10%) $* $34,220

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $* $113,140
NY $* $110,800
MA $* $110,510
MN $* $101,350
FL $* $99,090
CT $* $95,230
ID $* $83,800
RI $* $82,860
UT $* $82,260
PA $* $81,600

* Postsecondary Art, Drama and Music Teachers are generally paid on an annual basis not hourly.

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Postsecondary Art, Drama and Music Teacher is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Art and Music Professors are in the states of CA, NY, MA, MN and FL.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Junior Colleges $90980 $*
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $84590 $*
Performing Arts Companies $68490 $*
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $67760 $*
Other Schools and Instruction $66020 $*
Technical and Trade Schools $57620 $*

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