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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

27-2031 Dancers

Perform dances. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for video recording.


National estimates for Dancers
Industry profile for Dancers
Geographic profile for Dancers

National estimates for Dancers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Dancers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
3,850 11.1 % $ 24.49 (4) 5.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Dancers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.03 $ 14.00 $ 18.78 $ 29.29 $ 47.62
  (4)

Industry profile for Dancers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Dancers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Dancers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Dancers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 1,550 2.24 $ 26.57 (4)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 550 0.18 $ 13.78 (4)
Spectator Sports 480 0.42 $ 18.25 (4)
Other Schools and Instruction 430 0.11 $ 29.41 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 230 0.50 $ 26.88 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Dancers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 1,550 2.24 $ 26.57 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 230 0.50 $ 26.88 (4)
Spectator Sports 480 0.42 $ 18.25 (4)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 550 0.18 $ 13.78 (4)
Other Schools and Instruction 430 0.11 $ 29.41 (4)

Top paying industries for Dancers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Schools and Instruction 430 0.11 $ 29.41 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 230 0.50 $ 26.88 (4)
Performing Arts Companies 1,550 2.24 $ 26.57 (4)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 40 (7) $ 25.67 (4)
Spectator Sports 480 0.42 $ 18.25 (4)


Geographic profile for Dancers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Dancers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Dancers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of dancers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Dancers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,020 0.12 4.31 $ 30.96 (4)
California 700 0.04 1.56 $ 22.59 (4)
Florida 170 0.02 0.72 (8) (8)
District of Columbia 160 0.24 8.94 $ 30.14 (4)
Indiana 150 0.05 1.84 $ 25.52 (4)


Map of location quotient of dancers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dancers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 160 0.24 8.94 $ 30.14 (4)
New York 1,020 0.12 4.31 $ 30.96 (4)
South Carolina 130 0.07 2.39 $ 16.94 (4)
Indiana 150 0.05 1.84 $ 25.52 (4)
Utah 70 0.05 1.76 $ 13.18 (4)


Map of annual mean wages of dancers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Dancers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,020 0.12 4.31 $ 30.96 (4)
District of Columbia 160 0.24 8.94 $ 30.14 (4)
Alabama (8) (8) (8) $ 29.92 (4)
Indiana 150 0.05 1.84 $ 25.52 (4)
California 700 0.04 1.56 $ 22.59 (4)



Map of employment of dancers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Dancers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 830 0.10 3.50 $ 33.93 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 270 0.05 1.72 $ 18.97 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.09 3.23 $ 32.43 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 170 0.06 2.09 $ 29.79 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 110 0.11 4.14 $ 27.89 (4)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 110 0.07 2.70 $ 18.17 (4)
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 70 0.03 1.06 (8) (8)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 60 0.78 28.52 $ 13.28 (4)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 3.71 $ 16.88 (4)
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.05 1.96 $ 13.59 (4)


Map of location quotient of dancers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Dancers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 60 0.78 28.52 $ 13.28 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 110 0.11 4.14 $ 27.89 (4)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 3.71 $ 16.88 (4)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 830 0.10 3.50 $ 33.93 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.09 3.23 $ 32.43 (4)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 110 0.07 2.70 $ 18.17 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 170 0.06 2.09 $ 29.79 (4)
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.05 1.96 $ 13.59 (4)
Richmond, VA 30 0.05 1.92 $ 18.87 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 270 0.05 1.72 $ 18.97 (4)


Map of annual mean wages of dancers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Dancers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 830 0.10 3.50 $ 33.93 (4)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.09 3.23 $ 32.43 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 170 0.06 2.09 $ 29.79 (4)
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 110 0.11 4.14 $ 27.89 (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 270 0.05 1.72 $ 18.97 (4)
Richmond, VA 30 0.05 1.92 $ 18.87 (4)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 110 0.07 2.70 $ 18.17 (4)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 40 0.10 3.71 $ 16.88 (4)
Salt Lake City, UT 40 0.05 1.96 $ 13.59 (4)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 60 0.78 28.52 $ 13.28 (4)


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022