Most Dance Teachers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $20.77 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About an eighth enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and less than 10 percent get vision benefits. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$20,318 - $63,023
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MEDIAN: $38,842
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$10.96 - $36.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,318 - $63,023  
   
Bonus
$20.13 - $4,966  
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$22,256 - $74,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $36.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.67  
Overtime
$11.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$20.13 - $4,966  
   
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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$22,256 - $74,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 317

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Job Description for Dance Teacher

Dance teachers are responsible for teaching the art of dance to students. Their tasks include carefully observing students, planning routines and activities, providing instruction, and offering advice as needed. Dance teachers must be in excellent physical shape, have a passion for dancing, have excellent flexibility, and be able to teach people in the age category in which they provide instruction. Dance teachers may work indoors and/or outdoors depending on their company, and they may work in a variety of categories of dance. Typical employers for dance teachers include production companies and schools ranging from elementary schools to college and universities; there are also independent dance teachers who provide instruction at the client's home, their own home, or a studio.

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Dance Teacher Tasks

  • Collaborate with the Studio Directors in the development of dance curriculum.
  • Collaborate with the Studio Directors in creation and execution of recitals
  • Supervise and direct assistant dance teachers.
  • Instruct students of all ages, all abilities, and various styles.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dance Teacher

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


Dance Teachers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $56K.

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Key Stats for Dance Teacher

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Dance Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$43,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Dance Teacher Salaries

Dance
up arrow 12%

National Average
$43,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 10%

choreography
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 13%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 86%
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