How much does a professional dancer make?
While ballet dancers earn nearly $50,000 at top U.S. ballet companies, their average earnings are under $25,000 annually. Average salaries for ballet dancers can vary by region. In the South, they earned the highest salaries, $29,000, in Washington, D.C, in 2013, according to Simply Hired, and the lowest, $21,000, in Louisiana. Those in the West made $17,000 to $27,000 per year, respectively, in Hawaii and California. Ballet dancers earned between $21,000 and $29,000, respectively, in Maine and New York, which were the lowest and highest salaries in the Northeast. In the Midwest, they earned the lowest salaries of $19,000 in Nebraska and South Dakota and the highest of $26,000 in Illinois.