Dance Instructor Salary

An average Dance Instructor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $20.06 per hour. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly one-eighth, and fewer than one in twenty earn vision coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Dance Instructors (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of Dance Instructors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,754 - $50,684
(Median)
$18K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $30,181
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$10.04 - $35.99
(Median)
$10
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$17,754 - $50,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
Commission
$800 - $12,208  
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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$20,724 - $74,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $35.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
Commission
$800 - $12,208  
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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$20,724 - $74,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Job Description for Dance Instructor

  • 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.

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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Dance Instructors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know choreography command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 47 percent above average. Sales, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Dance Instructor

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. Dance Instructors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Dance Instructors who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $45K.

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Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Dance Instructor Salaries

choreography
up arrow 47%

National Average
$41,000

Sales
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 13% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 3% employee benefits None: 87%
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