Ballet dancers appear to effortlessly glide across the stage, fly through the air and spin to the delight of audiences around the world. They work at an intense physical level year-round to develop and maintain their craft so they can perform as many years as possible. The career life of a ballet dancer is short and challenging to maintain, and the pay for most is at the low- to mid-range of salaries.
Dancer Ranks and Company Location
Actual pay varies depending on a dancer’s level as well as the prestige and location of company. Professional ballet dancers can expect to earn from $8.52 per hour to more than $34.44 per hour, according to 2015 salary figures provided by the United States Department of Labor. Median pay averages $14.31 per hour.