How Much Does A Dancer Make?

When based on the graceful and effortless movements of a dancer performing on stage, a career as a professional dancer seems very easy to do. But looks can be deceiving. It takes someone who is very dedicated and passionate about the craft to actually survive and make a living in this highly-competitive industry.

In many cases, dancers are not in it for the money since work opportunities don’t even occur year-round. Those who are truly passionate about being a dancer find this work fulfilling and often go on to open their own dance studios which can increase their income.

Average Dancer Hourly Wage


The average hourly wage for a dancer is $18.29. Hourly wages were between $8.69 and $33.34 an hour.

Stats were based out of 10,060 employed dancers in the United States.

Dancer Average Salary Comparison

Producers and Directors
$93k / year
$45 / hour
Athletes and Sports Competitors
$83k / year
$0 / hour
Music Directors and Composers
$60k / year
$29 / hour
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Coaches and Scouts
$41k / year
$0 / hour
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
$35k / year
$0 / hour
$0k / year
$39 / hour
Musicians and Singers
$0k / year
$34 / hour
$0k / year
$18 / hour
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other
$0k / year
$23 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Dancers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Dancers

Dancer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate
#1 Illinois $24.13
#2 Massachusetts $20.84
#3 Florida $18.67
#4 Virginia $18.08
#5 Pennsylvania $17.95
#6 California $17.95
#7 Utah $17.62
#8 Missouri $17.21
#9 Tennessee $17.02
#10 New York $16.26
#11 District of Columbia $15.93
#12 Hawaii $15.79
#13 South Carolina $14.91
#14 Ohio $14.76
#15 Colorado $14.27
#16 Rhode Island $13.42
#17 Iowa $12.86
#18 Texas $10.72

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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