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

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


Dancers perform dances. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for video recording.

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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

Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level hourly wage
$12 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Dancers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $12 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 Dancers 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 $*
Senior (Top 25%) $29 $*
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $*
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $*
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $*
* Dancers are generally paid on an hourly basis.

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NV $49 $*
WA $31 $*
TX $27 $*
DC $27 $*
NY $27 $*
IN $27 $*
FL $27 $*
GA $26 $*
MD $25 $*
HI $24 $*

* Dancers are generally paid on an hourly basis not yearly.

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Dancers are in the states of NV, WA, TX, DC and NY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Local Government $ $16.85
Elementary and Secondary Schools $ $24.74
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $ $28.84
Other Schools and Instruction $ $27.48
Performing Arts Companies $ $26.97
Spectator Sports $ $21.04
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $ $38.87
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $ $26.42
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $ $11.54
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $ $21.34
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) $ $22.17
Motion Picture and Video Industries $ $*

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