How much do dance teachers get paid?

Dance teachers lead classes for individuals as well as groups and teach participants different dancing techniques. Dancers often retire in their 20s or 30s, due to the demanding nature of this occupation, and become teachers. Many dance teachers begin training at a very young age and earn a degree in dance from a performing arts school or college. Salaries for dance teachers vary according to the experience of the individual teacher as well as the location of the school.

Median Hourly Wages

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the median hourly wages for dancers to be £7.90 in 2008. The lowest-paid 10 per cent earned less than £4.70 an hour, while the highest-paid 10 per cent earned more than £17.70 an hour. The middle 50 per cent earned £5.2 and £12.20 an hour.


Choreographers create and teach original dances and commonly work in dance schools, theatres, dance studios and movie studios. The BLS reported the median annual wage of a salaried choreographer was £25,038 in 2008. The lowest paid 10 per cent earned less than £11,622, while the highest paid 10 per cent earned £43,654 or higher. The middle 50 per cent earned between £16,458 and £35,984 a year.


In most cases, salaried dance teachers are covered by union contracts and receive benefits. Benefits include paid sick leave, pension and health benefits, and family-leave benefits provided by their unions. Dance teachers not covered by a union contract typically do not receive any benefits. The BLS also reported dance teachers who tour often receive an additional allowance for room and board on top of their wages.

Job Outlook

The BLS reported the employment for this occupation to grow 6 per cent between 2008 and 2018, which is a slower than average growth rate. Dance teachers face intense competition for employment, and only the most skilled and talented can find regular employment. Dance teachers can expect an increase of teaching opportunities due to the growing popularity of dancing for fitness and recreational purposes. Experience and reputation help dance teachers increase job opportunities.

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