How Much Do Choreographers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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


Choreographers create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

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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
$52000 per year
Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$21,180 to $29,420 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Choreographers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,180 to $29,420 per year or $10 to $14 per hour. 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 Choreographers 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%) $49 $101,250
Senior (Top 25%) $30 $63,080
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,680
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $29,420
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $21,180

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $47 $97,180
DC $46 $95,000
CA $35 $72,800
GA $34 $69,850
IL $33 $68,630
SC $30 $62,190
NH $30 $61,770
NJ $29 $60,960
TX $27 $56,450
AZ $27 $55,600

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Choreographers are in the states of NY, DC, CA, GA and IL.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Performing Arts Companies $59200 $28.46
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $52170 $25.08
Other Schools and Instruction $48560 $23.35
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $43070 $20.71
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $37430 $18.00
Elementary and Secondary Schools $36300 $17.45

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