Dancers and Choreographers Salary Information

The salary statistics of dancers and choreographers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of dancers and choreographers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dancers and choreographers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dancers and choreographers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Dancers and Choreographers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,510
25th Percentile Wage
$20,830
50th Percentile Wage
$35,060
75th Percentile Wage
$55,800
90th Percentile Wage
$81,330

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dancers and choreographers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) dancers and choreographers is $81,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,060. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,510. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 339% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of dancers and choreographers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201635,0600.03%5.85%
201535,050-0.11%-
201435,090-0.14%-
201335,1406.06%-
201233,010--

Table 2. Dancers and Choreographers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dancers and choreographers in 4 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for dancers and choreographers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $49,060. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $19,350).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$49,060
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,390
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$33,780
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,350


Related:

Highest paying industries for dancers and choreographers.