How Much Do Professional Dancers Make A Year?

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Katie Harry answered
The income of the dancer depends highly upon the area of specialization and the scale at which they work that is the kind of company they word for and the expertise that they have. The salary increases with the level of expertise. The earnings of professional dancers are controlled either by union contracts or American Guild of Musical artists. Only dancers who do opera ballet, modern dance and classical ballet come under the American Guild of Musical artists.

The average annual income of a professional dancer is around $30,000 according to the survey carried out this year. Dancers who go abroad for tours and competitions get a relatively higher salary and also get additional benefits during the tours.

Courtney Miller Jr Profile
Courtney Miller Jr , Hollywood Choreographer, Author, Podcaster and host of The Hollywood Dance Career Show www.hollywooddancecareer.com, answered

I'm a Hollywood Choreographer and am well versed in pay rates for dancers. - Here is the pay for dancers below. Feel free to ask me questions!

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FILM (SAG) - Pay depends on if you are dancing solo or with a group

Shoot Rate Per DAY

Solo = $859

3 - 8 = $752

9+ = $657

Rehearsal = $505

Shoot Rate Per WEEK

Solo / Duo = $2,760

3 - 8 = $2,531

9+ = $2,300

Rehearsal = $505 / DAY

TELEVISION SHOW (SAG) - Pay depends on if you are dancing solo or with a group

Shoot Rate Per DAY

Solo = $859

3 - 8 = $752

9+ = $657

Rehearsal = $505

Shoot Rate Per WEEK

Solo / Duo = $2,760

3 - 8 = $2,531

9+ = $2,300

Rehearsal = $505 / DAY

MUSIC VIDEOS

Shoot Rate Per DAY

$475 / DAY (10 Hours)

Overtime at $65.63 / Hour

Rehearsal Rate Per DAY

$250 / DAY (8 Hours)

Overtime at $46.88 / Hour

TELEVISION SHOW (AFTRA)

Group Dancer Rate Depends On Length Of SHOW

5 Min or less = $304

Over 5 min to 15 min = $608

Over 15 min to 30 min = $944

Over 30 min to 60 min = $1,174

Over 60 min to 90 min = $1,343

Over 90 min to 120 min = $1,559

Overtime Rate is $37.50

AWARDS SHOW (AFTRA)

Rehearsal Day = $247

Camera Day = $725

Program Minimum $970

COMMERCIALS - Pay depends on if you are dancing solo or with a group, on-camera or off-camera

Principles (1-2 people)

On Camera = $625.75

Off Camera = $472

Groups (3-5)

On Camera = $459.55

Off Camera = $266.20

Groups (6-8)

On Camera = $406.90

Off Camera = $231.05

Group 9

On Camera = $336.45

Off Camera = $188.40

Rehearsal rates are negotiated separately

TOURS - Rate range widely depending on the scope of the tour (Regional / World) and the Star Power of the artist. (Lady Ga Ga vs. A Newbie)

SUPERSTAR -

$1,200 to $2,500 /week (while on the road)

50% of pay or some set amount (when off of the road, not touring)

Per Diem = $50 - $60 / day (food)

Own hotel room

STAR -

$900 to $1,300 /week (while on the road)

$0 to 50% (when off of the road, not touring)

Per Diem = $30 - $40 / day (food)

Own hotel room

NEWBIE -

$500 to $1,000 /week (while on road)

$0 (when off of the road, not touring)

Per Diem = $20 - $30 / day (food)

Shared hotel room

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