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Postsecondary Arts, Communications, and Humanities Teacher Salary Information

The salary statistics of postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Postsecondary Arts, Communications, and Humanities Teacher Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$35,420
25th Percentile Wage
$48,610
50th Percentile Wage
$66,630
75th Percentile Wage
$93,760
90th Percentile Wage
$131,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers is $131,730. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $66,630. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $35,420. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 271% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201666,6303.77%7.38%
201564,1202.56%-
201462,4800.06%-
201362,4401.17%-
201261,710--

Table 2. Postsecondary Arts, Communications, and Humanities Teacher Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers in 3 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for postsecondary arts, communications, and humanities teachers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $66,660. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $37,910).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$66,660
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$59,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$37,910


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