Dance Instructor Salary

Dance Instructors in the United States pull down an average of $20.32 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, about an eighth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and fewer than one in twenty have vision insurance, as well. The vast majority of Dance Instructors (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. For the most part, Dance Instructors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$18,662 - $56,171
(Median)
$19K
$32K
$56K
MEDIAN: $32,069
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$10.00 - $36.39
(Median)
$10
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$18,662 - $56,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,600  
Commission
$3,500  
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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$20,702 - $74,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $36.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,600  
   
Commission
$3,500  
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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$20,702 - $74,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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.

Common Career Paths for Dance Instructor


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Dance Instructors who go on to become Dance Teachers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Dance Teacher, an upper-level role, pays $41K.

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Dance Instructors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Lucky workers who know choreography can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 45 percent above average. Training and Dance are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 25 percent and 45 percent. 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $33K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $48K.

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Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Dance Instructor Salaries

choreography
up arrow 45%

Dance
up arrow 25%

Training
up arrow 25%

National Average
$42,000

Sales
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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