Dance Instructor Salary

Women comprise the majority of Dance Instructors in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $21.43 per hour on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Less than one in ten have medical and dental plans, and less than one-tenth have vision insurance. For the most part, Dance Instructors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,662 - $52,531
$19K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,885
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50%
90%

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$10.13 - $39.95
$10
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $21.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$18,662 - $52,531  
   
Bonus
$900  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Commission
$7,501  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,940 - $80,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.13 - $39.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.65  
Overtime
$12.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$900  
   
Commission
$7,501  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,940 - $80,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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Job Description for Dance Instructor

Dance instructors are teachers who help others learn essential elements and various styles of dance. Some work with groups of children and teens to help them acquire the balance and skills needed for higher-level ballet and modern dance disciplines, while others specialize in teaching older students, in groups or individually, in proper techniques for ballroom, jazz, Latin, and other popular dance styles. Dance instructors are typically hired by dedicated dance studios, large fitness centers, and even community recreation programs.

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Dance Instructor Tasks

  • Lead dance classes, teaching students about dance steps.
  • Perform dances and network to increase student enrollment.
  • Provide basic instruction on dance etiquette and interactions.
  • Answer questions and provide information about the history of a dance or where to dance.

Common Career Paths for Dance Instructor


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Many Dance Instructors move into a Dance Teacher role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Dance Teachers on average bring in a similar salary to Dance Instructors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dance Instructor

Pay by Experience for a Dance Instructor has a positive trend. An entry-level Dance Instructor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 106 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dance Instructor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 93 salaries. An experienced Dance Instructor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 79 salaries. A Dance Instructor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 40 salaries.

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Key Stats for Dance Instructor

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Dance Instructor Salaries

Dance
▲23%

National Average
$42,000

choreography
▼2%

Sales
▼26%

Training
▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 8%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
no benefits
None: 92%
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