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Dance Instructor Salary

An average Dance Instructor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $20.00 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one in seven enjoy medical while fewer than one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. Work is enjoyable for Dance Instructors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Dance Instructors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents.

$14,093 - $49,665
(Median)
$14K
$29K
$50K
MEDIAN: $29,037
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90%

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$9.96 - $35.31
(Median)
$10
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$14,093 - $49,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
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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$20,406 - $72,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $35.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,026  
   
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).
)
$20,406 - $72,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242

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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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For Dance Instructors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Dance Instructors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Dance Teacher.

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Dance Instructors usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know choreography command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 48 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Dance Instructor

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. For Dance Instructors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $42K.

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Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

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
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 3% employee benefits None: 86%