Quick Facts: Dancers and Choreographers
2012 Median Pay $15.87 per hour
Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation See How to Become One
On-the-job Training Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012 25,800
Job Outlook, 2012-22 13% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 3,400

What Dancers and Choreographers Do

Dancers and choreographers express ideas and stories, using dance. There are many types of dance such as ballet, tango, modern dance, tap, and jazz.

Work Environment

About 30 percent of dancers work in performing arts companies, and about 57 percent of choreographers work in private instruction.

How to Become a Dancer or Choreographer

Education and training requirements vary with the type of dancer; however, all dancers need many years of formal training. Nearly all choreographers began their careers as dancers.


The median hourly wage for dancers was $14.16 in May 2012. The median hourly wage for choreographers was $18.33 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of dancers and choreographers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. A growing interest in dance in pop culture may provide opportunities in fields outside of dance companies, such as TV or movies, casinos, or theme parks.


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