While the salary of a hip hop dancer depends on many factors including experience, where a dancer is employed and who the employer is, the average annual salary, as of 2015, is $40,000, according to Simply Hired. The average hourly rate is roughly $20 an hour.
While the average salary is based on information from all aspects of hip hop dancing, one dancer can make as little as $50 to $150 per show while another can earn sums of $1,500 a week, as stated by Simply Hired.
Formal education is not a requirement for professional dancers, however many dancers start at a young age and go on to study under experienced choreographers at special arts schools or in professional dance studios to hone their craft. As the field is highly competitive, study at a recognized studio or under a prestigious teacher often gives a hip hop dancer an advantage over those who rely solely on natural talent.
The job requires a high level of athleticism and balance, a commitment to long hours of practice, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to act as a team player. Typical jobs for hip hop dancers include performing in music videos and on tour as backup dancers for established artists.