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Dance Instructor Salary

Average Dance Instructors in the United States make around $19.91 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one-seventh, and less than five percent earn vision coverage. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Dance Instructors are female. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,529 - $53,327
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$53K
MEDIAN: $29,769
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$10.03 - $35.03
(Median)
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$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$14,529 - $53,327  
   
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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$20,643 - $72,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $35.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$20,643 - $72,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 246
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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 can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 48 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Dance Instructor

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. 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 $42K.

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Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Dance Instructor Salaries

choreography
up arrow 48%

National Average
$41,000

Sales
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 3% employee benefits None: 86%
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