Dance Instructor Salary

The larger portion of Dance Instructors in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $20.55 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Dance Instructors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a tenth get medical and dental insurance, and less than one-tenth get vision plans, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$17,776 - $52,515
$18K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,301
10%
50%
90%

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$10.20 - $39.33
$10
$21
$39
MEDIAN: $20.55
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$17,776 - $52,515  
   
Bonus
$972  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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 - $76,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $39.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.92  
Overtime
$11.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$972  
   
Commission
$7,501  
Profit Sharing
$700  
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 - $76,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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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

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

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Dance Instructors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Dance Teacher. Median pay for Dance Teachers is $41K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dance Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Dance Instructors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $44K. Dance Instructors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Dance Instructor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $52K.

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Key Stats for Dance Instructor

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Experienced
▲9%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Dance Instructor Salaries

Dance
▲24%

National Average
$42,000

choreography
▼1%

Sales
▼25%

Training
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 90%
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