Salaries of Stars and Professionals on Dancing with The Stars

Just what do those stars and dancers get paid for performing on Dancing with the Stars?

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The ABC hit series; “Dancing with the Stars” has become a phenomenal hit. Each week eager fans watch their favorite stars and professional dancers waltz, tango and cha cha their way to the fame and glory of a mirror ball trophy.

While some stars use the show as a way to rebuilt lagging careers, they don’t do it for free but require a salary. The incentive for the professional dancers to keep their stars happy, and in the show for as long as possible, is also a weekly salary.  Once a team has been voted off, the professional dancer has seen their last paycheck.

But just what do these stars and pros make for each episode?

The show does it’s best to keep all salaries secret, but as with all secrets, they somehow find a way out in the open.

In season nine minor Shawn Johnson’s agreement with DWTS had to be approved by an L.A. County judge. This made her salary a public document. Heather Miles, ex-wife of singer Paul McCartney, salary from the show was made public during their divorce settlement.

While some stars are able to negotiate higher salaries due to their fame or notoriety, below are the average salaries for celebrities on Dancing with the Stars.

Guaranteed $125,000 for appearing on the show.

An additional $10,000 per week for weeks 3 and 4.

An additional $20,000 per week for weeks 5-7.

An additional $30,000 per week for weeks 8-9.

An additional $ 50,000 per week for weeks 10-11.

The total for making it to the final two weeks is $36500.00.

For this salary the celebrities sign a contract to commit to training at least twenty hours a week and they sign a waiver releasing ABC and the show’s producers from any liability for any injuries connected with the show.

The average pay for a professional dancer varies. Professional dancers fall into three categories.  Classical ballet dancer, commercial dancer, and contemporary / modern dancer, salaries usually depend on packages or contracts offered.

A major ballet company may offer $450 a week for a minor company member, commercial dancers work for limited contracts or lump sums of $2000-$3000 for three or four days’ work. Dance instructors may make a little as minimal wage or up to $10.00 to $14.00 dollars an hour.

The dance industry is a roller-coaster ride when it comes to making consistent income.

In the early seasons of DWTS, the pros made $1600 per episode. As the show has increased in popularity and fan base the professionals are now quoted as making $ 5200 per episode, plus bonuses for extra dances performed.

It is safe to say the show’s success has opened doors for the professional dancers and given them many employment opportunities they never thought possible.

Dancing with the Stars, returns with season 12 in March 2011, check your local listings for time and date.

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16 Responses to “Salaries of Stars and Professionals on Dancing with The Stars”
  1. Christine Ramsay says:

    Gosh,Pam! You and I can ballroom dance. perhaps we should put our names forward for the next series, lol.

    Christine

  2. Lord Banks says:

    I had no idea it was so well paid! LB

  3. Kate Smedley says:

    That’s quite a payment!! We have Strictly Come Dancing over here and it is very popular. Christine is right, you should both enter!

  4. Dancing with the star gains its popularity fast. I’m awaiting for its return this march.

  5. albert1jemi says:

    Thanks for sharing

  6. martie says:

    I don’t watch much television but, I did catch all of last seasons episodes on hulu. I loved that Kiel character and thought he learned a lot in the course of the season. He definitely earned his paycheck!

  7. Ruby Hawk says:

    Wow, my next project might be l earning to dance.

  8. An interesting share

  9. Moses Ingram says:

    WOW! That’s quite a salary.

  10. Freethinking says:

    That is my wife’s favorite show. I, on the other hand, go in another room and either type away on the keyboard or watch something else. After DWTS, the contestants waltz all the way to the bank.

  11. Brenda says:

    All this time I thought they were doing this for charity

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  14. JOE F.. says:

    Not only should the three judge be scoring the dancers each week, but also scoring how badly Brooke Burke—dresses each week…Not Priceless..Just Tastely!!

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