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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Dancers and Choreographers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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 $78,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,690. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 320% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of dancers and choreographers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.74% 7.48%
0.03% -
-0.11% -
-0.14% -
6.06% -
- -

Table 2. Dancers and Choreographers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dancers and choreographers in 8 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 $50,450. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $20,130).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Federal, State, and Local Government
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Accommodation and Food Services


💰 Highest paying industries for dancers and choreographers.