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 and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one in ten claim medical and dental insurance and less than one-tenth get vision coverage. Work is enjoyable for Dance Instructors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$17,633 - $52,925
(Median)
$18K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,156
10%
50%
90%

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$10.71 - $39.56
(Median)
$11
$21
$40
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$17,633 - $52,925  
   
Bonus
$972  
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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$21,195 - $76,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.71 - $39.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.92  
Overtime
$10.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$972  
   
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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$21,195 - $76,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dance Instructors make a median salary of $45K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $53K.

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Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Dance Instructor Salaries

Dance
up arrow 24%

National Average
$42,000

choreography
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 25%

Training
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 89%
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