Dancers and choreographers tend to be very talented and hard -working people. Despite this they tend to earn much smaller salaries than those in many other professions. Here’s a brief overview of the average salary of dancers and choreographers:
In 2014 the average salary of a dancer/choreographer is $35,288 per year, though about half of them earn more per year. The lowest salaries dancers and choreographers earn these days is $29,000 per year and the highest salaries dancers and choreographers earn is $46,613.
With an average national salary of just under $35,000 per year entry level dancers and choreographers are earning 3% more than the national salary while those who are more experienced are earning only 1% more. Dancers and choreographers in the middle of their careers are earning an average of 16% more than the national salary. Generally once someone has been in the dance/choreography industry for more than 20 years they often go on to find jobs in other fields.
The average professional dancer earns $12 per hour, though this can be as little as $8 per hour and as much as $19 an hour. Those just starting their dance career often earn less than $8 hourly. The highest paid professional dancers are earning over $30 an hour, though these are highly experienced dancers only. Performing arts companies pay their dancers more per hour than other amusement industries do. Generally those who teach at a dance school are earning $10 per hour. Bars and nightclubs pay their dancers roughly $8 per hour. The lowest paid choreographers earn roughly an $18,000 yearly salary.
The city a dancer/choreographer works affects how much they earn per year. Those working as a dancer/choreographer in Manhattan get paid better than their counterparts in any other city in the U.S. Those who work in Miami as a dancer/choreographer make the smallest salaries in the profession. Dancers/choreographers working in Washington D.C. earn slightly less per year than those who do the same job in Manhattan. In general, the larger and more populated U.S. cities pay a higher salary to their dancers and choreographers than the smaller and less populated cities.
Dancers and choreographers often find themselves working more than one job until they have accumulated a number of years -experience in the industry.