Music teachers are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, music teachers rate their career happiness 3.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 48% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy music teachers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Piano tuner
3.5
$37k
Graduate teaching assistant
3.4
$33k
Art teacher
3.4
$34k
Music teacher
3.2
$76k
Music therapist
3.2
$48k
Teacher
3.0
$61k
High school teacher
3.0
$62k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are music teachers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do music teachers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as music teachers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are music teacher’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are music teachers making the best use of their abilities?

Are music teachers happy with their salary?

Music teachers rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most music teachers having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked music teachers how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

1371 music teachers

5 Star
14%

14% of music teachers rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of music teachers rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of music teachers rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
21%

21% of music teachers rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
15%

15% of music teachers rated their compensation 1 stars

Do music teachers find their jobs meaningful?

On average, music teachers rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.4/5. Most tend to be satisified with the level of meaning they find in their careers.

We asked music teachers how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

1377 music teachers

5 Star
23%

23% of music teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of music teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of music teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
17%

17% of music teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of music teachers rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as music teachers?

Music teachers rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.9/5. The majority of music teachers find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked music teachers how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

1508 music teachers

5 Star
36%

36% of music teachers rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
36%

36% of music teachers rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of music teachers rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
7%

7% of music teachers rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of music teachers rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a music teacher’s work environment?

As a whole, music teachers rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.6/5. A solid majority of music teachers enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a music teacher.

We asked music teachers how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.6 out of 5 stars

1504 music teachers

5 Star
26%

26% of music teachers rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
34%

34% of music teachers rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
22%

22% of music teachers rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of music teachers rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of music teachers rated their work environment 1 stars

Are music teachers making the best use of their abilities?

Former music teachers on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.4/5. Most music teachers are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked music teachers how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

1500 music teachers

5 Star
23%

23% of music teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
27%

27% of music teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
23%

23% of music teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of music teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of music teachers rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars