Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

27-2031 Dancers

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,390 6.2 % $19.02 (4) 5.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.50 $9.46 $14.16 $23.04 $33.34
  (4)

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 5,030 4.32 $20.48 (4)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,500 0.43 $15.34 (4)
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 1,270 0.12 $10.59 (4)
Other Schools and Instruction 830 0.23 $13.68 (4)
Spectator Sports 680 0.52 $12.51 (4)

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 5,030 4.32 $20.48 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.65 $20.28 (4)
Spectator Sports 680 0.52 $12.51 (4)
Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages) 1,500 0.43 $15.34 (4)
Other Schools and Instruction 830 0.23 $13.68 (4)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 5,030 4.32 $20.48 (4)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.65 $20.28 (4)
Amusement Parks and Arcades 330 0.19 $18.91 (4)
Traveler Accommodation 190 0.01 $17.51 (4)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 220 0.22 $15.56 (4)


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,030 0.24 2.72 (8) (4)
California 1,910 0.13 1.52 $14.62 (4)
Nevada 840 0.74 8.49 $29.79 (4)
Hawaii 760 1.29 14.77 $17.28 (4)
Florida 600 0.08 0.94 $14.02 (4)




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 760 1.29 14.77 $17.28 (4)
Nevada 840 0.74 8.49 $29.79 (4)
New York 2,030 0.24 2.72 (8) (4)
Alaska 60 0.19 2.13 $16.19 (4)
Colorado 380 0.17 1.93 $16.32 (4)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 840 0.74 8.49 $29.79 (4)
District of Columbia 90 0.14 1.59 $27.53 (4)
Virginia (8) (8) (8) $20.47 (4)
Arizona 80 0.03 0.39 $19.12 (4)
Hawaii 760 1.29 14.77 $17.28 (4)





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.33 3.80 (8) (4)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 860 0.22 2.55 $13.32 (4)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 830 1.01 11.58 $30.00 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.51 5.85 $17.34 (4)
Honolulu, HI 410 0.94 10.77 $10.70 (4)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.23 2.62 (8) (4)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 370 0.30 3.41 $16.48 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.82 $16.93 (4)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 170 0.19 2.22 $9.54 (4)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 170 0.06 0.72 $17.18 (4)




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 830 1.01 11.58 $30.00 (4)
Honolulu, HI 410 0.94 10.77 $10.70 (4)
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 130 0.53 6.11 $11.57 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.51 5.85 $17.34 (4)
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 50 0.45 5.12 $20.26 (4)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.33 3.80 (8) (4)
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 370 0.30 3.41 $16.48 (4)
Rochester, NY 140 0.28 3.25 $13.99 (4)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 400 0.23 2.62 (8) (4)
Lafayette, LA 30 0.23 2.61 $13.13 (4)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 830 1.01 11.58 $30.00 (4)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.49 $27.44 (4)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 0.83 $24.01 (4)
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 60 0.03 0.37 $20.37 (4)
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 50 0.45 5.12 $20.26 (4)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $18.92 (4)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.51 5.85 $17.34 (4)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 170 0.06 0.72 $17.18 (4)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.82 $16.93 (4)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 110 0.06 0.69 $16.57 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 350 2.27 25.96 $24.92 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 14.13 $12.98 (4)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.93 10.58 $14.06 (4)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 350 2.27 25.96 $24.92 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 14.13 $12.98 (4)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.93 10.58 $14.06 (4)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 350 2.27 25.96 $24.92 (4)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.93 10.58 $14.06 (4)
Southwest Missouri nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 14.13 $12.98 (4)


About May 2012 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 mean 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013