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2,676 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
245 Master's Degrees Annually
#115 in Popularity
$53,560 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Dance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many dance graduations there were in 2021-2022 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,711
Master’s Degree 233
Associate Degree 178
Basic Certificate 96
Undergraduate Certificate 73
Doctor’s Degree 7
Graduate Certificate 3

What Dance Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to dance were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Dance Majors

Dance majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Dance Majors

dance majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Dance Majors

As a dance major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Dance Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with dance:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Art, Drama, and Music Professors 12.0% $69,960
Choreographers 2.9% $47,800
Dancers 4.4% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance?

2,711 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 2,676 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dance in 2021, making it rank #115 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 88% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of dance majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 115
Black or African American 319
Hispanic or Latino 373
White 1,603
International Students 72
Other Races/Ethnicities 229

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Dance. About 2.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Canada
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Mexico

How Much Do Dance Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Salaries According to BLS

Dance majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $53,560 to $82,560 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with dance require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for dance careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 7.9%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 13.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 2.7%
Some College Courses 7.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 14.9%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.4%
Master’s Degree 31.2%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.2%
Doctoral Degree 18.0%

Online Dance Programs

The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 11 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 83 0
Bachelor’s Degree 7 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 59 2
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 6 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Dance Worth It?

The median salary for a dance grad is $53,560 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 34% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $273,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to dance.

Major Number of Grads
Fine & Studio Arts 37,604
Design & Applied Arts 36,323
Music 25,860
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 17,626
Drama & Theater Arts 17,039
General Visual & Performing Arts 6,776
Arts & Media Management 4,667
Other Visual Art 999
Crafts, Folk Art & Artisanry 73
Community/Environmental/Socially-Engaged Art 5

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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