Dance Instructor Salary

Most Dance Instructors in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $20.69 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Approximately one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$20,357 - $58,295
$20K
$35K
$58K
MEDIAN: $34,916
10%
50%
90%

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$10.93 - $37.53
$11
$21
$38
MEDIAN: $20.87
10%
50%
90%

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$0$75K
Salary $20,357 - $58,295
Bonus $302.01 - $14,899
Profit Sharing $1,200
Commission $15,000
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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$23,334 - $75,136
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 56
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $10.93 - $37.53
Hourly Tips $7.51
Overtime $12.50
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $302.01 - $14,899
Commission $15,000
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$23,334 - $75,136
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 198

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

  • Lead dance classes, teaching students about dance steps.
  • Perform dances and network to increase student enrollment.
  • Provide basic instruction on dance etiquette and interactions.
  • Answer questions and provide information about the history of a dance or where to dance.

Common Career Paths for Dance Instructor


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Dance Instructors who transition into an upper level Dance Teacher position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Dance Teacher makes $41K a year.

Dance Instructor Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Dance Instructor

Pay by Experience for a Dance Instructor has a positive trend. An entry-level Dance Instructor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 106 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dance Instructor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 93 salaries. An experienced Dance Instructor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 79 salaries. A Dance Instructor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 40 salaries.

Dance Instructor Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Dance Instructor?

Dance Instructor in Covington:
Be sure you have the freedom to teach wherever you want. Do not get locked in to one studio. Dont be afraid to ask for a raise!

Dance Instructor in Rialto:
"Hard Work."
Pros: I love seeing the kids light up when they learn something new.
Cons: Non flexibility.

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Key Stats for Dance Instructor

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Dance Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲8%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Dance Instructor Salaries

Dance
▲23%

National Average
$42,000

choreography
▼2%

Sales
▼26%

Training
▼36%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
no benefits
None: 88%