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Earnings

Dancers’ yearly earnings vary widely depending on factors such as where a dancer is employed, how much work he or she was able to get for the year, and what role the dancer performed in a production. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reports that the median hourly wage for dancers was $14.31 in May 2014. The lowest paid 10 percent of dancers earned $8.52 or less in the same period, while the highest paid 10 percent made more than $34.44. An annual wage was not provided by the DOL, likely because most dancers do not work a typical 40-hour workweek. Dancers on tour usually receive additional money to use for room and food and may also get extra money for overtime.

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