The median hourly wage for dancers was $14.44 in May 2015.
The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.56, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $33.03.
The median hourly wage for choreographers was $22.09 in May 2015.
The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.24, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $45.72.
Schedules for dancers and choreographers vary, depending on where they work. During tours, dancers and choreographers have long workdays, rehearsing most of the day and performing at night. Some work part time at casinos, on cruise ships, and at theme parks.
Choreographers who work in dance schools may have a standard workweek when they are instructing students. They also spend hours working independently to create new dance routines.
Dancers and Choreographers
Median hourly wages, May 2015
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers
Total, all occupations
Dancers and choreographers
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics