Salary for Dancers

Also known as:  Ballerina, Ballet Company Member, Ballet Dancer, Ballet Soloist, Burlesque Dancer, Dance Artist, Dancer, Discotheque Dancer, Exotic Dancer, Go-Go Dancer

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Dancers maintain peak physical condition and flexibility by attending regular classes and rehearsals. They perform and sometimes choreograph dance pieces for live, television, and film audiences, and learn new moves as required. These professional stay informed of trends and changes in the world of dance, and learn techniques and styles based on physical limitations, personal interest, and performance popularity. They may be required to attend and participate in photography shoots, makeup sessions and costume fittings. Professionals in this field spend years in dance classes and training sessions, although almost half of all professional dancers have not completed high school.

Although professional dancers are shown to make modest average wages of approxiamately $16/hour, there is a high degree of variation from this mean. Professional dancers of either outlying success and talent or owners of creative works and performances can be compensated at much higher levels.

Dancers are paid at the highest level in Washington, where they earn job pay of approximating $27. People holding this job title make the highest salary in Educational Services, where they get average pay of $22.

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The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Dancer, please select your state.
HOURLY RATE
SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 35.88 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Dancers tend to make the most in the following industries
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $22
Educational Services $17
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $17
Accommodation and Food Services $12
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $12
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $17
Educational Services $17
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $22
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