Dance Teacher Salary

Dance Teachers in the United States take home approximately $21.09 per hour on average. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Dance Teachers are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dance Teachers. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a fifth, and roughly an eighth earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,700 - $60,182

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$10.19 - $38.41

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$23,700 - $60,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
Total Pay (?
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$21,717 - $74,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $38.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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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$21,717 - $74,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Dance Teacher

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


For many Dance Teachers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Dance Teachers see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $61K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Dance Teacher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 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
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 18% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 82%
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