How much does an exotic dancer make

Here's How Much Strippers Actually Make

  • The amount of money a stripper makes on any given night is unpredictable and influenced by factors ranging from the weather and the economy to a dancer's mood and costume.
  • One dancer who was working on New Year's Eve received $500 for talking to a man about neuroscience for 20 minutes.
  • Another dancer said it's possible for strippers to lose money in a night if they can't cover their tip out and house fee.

The number one thing that dancers like about stripping is the money. Most women expressed that, at least in the beginning, to be given rolls of cash for making conversation, drinking freely, and giving the occasional private dance was very exciting.

For many dancers, like Laura, who is 19 years old, money made from stripping also allowed them much needed financial security, and the means to provide some luxuries for their children. Laura said:

I have a little boy and I’m married. It's helped our life a lot because financially speaking — I moved out when I was 16, had my little boy at 15. Financially, I was making $7.25-an-hour and things were hard. Whereas now, in two weeks I'm doing a big haunted house for all the kids in the neighborhood. I've put thousands of dollars into it just for the kids, and we're still okay. So we’re able to relax a little more. Things aren’t as stressful outside of here. Birthday parties, Christmas, wanting to just go to the zoo, or do something — that's a possibility now, and it's really not that hard for me to achieve because our work is so flexible and we can work as much as we want. So I can just work an extra night and these things are possible.

Some of the women I interviewed also shared stories of men who gave them a large sum of money without expecting any sexual favors in exchange.

These experiences are important to dancers not only because it is gratifying to receive a gift of money but also because they reaffirm the woman's belief in the generosity of some clients. Dana's story is typical of these lucrative encounters with clients:


I had a really good customer come in, a younger guy, and I totally didn't trust him either. He always wanted to go out, and I thought he was married. I still wonder to this day if he was married. But he came in, and on my birthday last year he brought in seven or eight hundred dollars: here you go, no strings attached, no anything. I thought that was really neat. Most of them are just like that, people just being nice. An older guy — he was a car dealer — he came in around Christmas time, and I sat with him for a little bit, and he asked me what I bought for my daughter. And I said I hadn’t bought her anything yet. I wasn't able to. And he said, "You need to get that baby something, here," and he slaps two hundred dollars on the table. "Tell her this is from me." And I had just met the guy. So it’s just people who do nice things out of the blue, out the ordinary. I know it’s money things, but it's just the thought that went behind it giving you the money.

Some dancers have encountered customers who come to strip clubs not expecting dances in return for their money. via Before The Door Pictures

Recently single, and working on New Year's Eve, April was feeling a little blue until she danced for a generous customer:

I was single and I was kind of depressed. He comes in and we go up to the VIP room. We’re up there twenty minutes, and he has to leave because he’s having a New Year’s Eve party, and he gives me $500. So that was pretty cool. That doesn’t happen as much as people think—20 minutes of work—$500. And I didn’t do anything. I was a neurology major at the time, and we were talking about the structure of the brain while I was dancing for him, and it was really weird. It was actually the least sexual dance I’d ever done. We were sitting there talking about serotonin levels and dopamine levels and neurons and the limbic system, the temporal lobe, the parietal lobe, all this stuff. I’m sitting here dancing for him, and he just gives me $500 and leaves.

Like Dana, April appreciated that this customer recognized her as a person and, in her case, as an intelligent woman, in addition to giving her a large gift of cash.

The desire for money, the need for money, and the impact of money on dancers' lives cannot be overestimated. But, as April’s reflections indicate, the meaning of money for dancers goes beyond its purchasing power. It may signify, as it did for Dana, that a customer appreciates and can empathize with her struggles.

At the same time, the amount of money a woman makes on any given night is unpredictable, and influenced by uncontrollable factors like the weather, the economy, the time of the month, and the number of other performers working, as well as elements under a dancer’s control, like her mood and costume.

Beverly, who is 24 years old, has made as much as $500 and as little as $3 in a shift. Beverly also described nail-bitingly stressful days when she made no money at all for four hours and then, at the very end of the night (1:30 a.m.) collected $250 from last-minute table dances.

Stacy, who is 32 years old, wonders how girls working day shifts even survive. She said, "I’ve seen day shifts where we've had one guy come in here and buy one dance." It’s particularly distressing for a dancer to leave work owing money if she does not earn enough to cover tip-out and her house fee.

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STRIPPED is an INSIDER series featuring adapted excerpts from the book "Stripped: More Stories from Exotic Dancers" by Bernadette Barton. Bernadette Barton is an author and Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Morehead State University. To read more from "Stripped: More Stories from Exotic Dancers" you can purchase the book here.

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What It’s Like to Work as an Exotic Dancer


Liza, a dancer based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, talks about how the stereotypes about her profession affect how she’s treated by clientele.

By Adrienne Green

Liza  (Rebecca Clarke )

The U.S. has thousands of strip clubs that, some reports say, collectively take in as much as $6 billion every year. Exact statistics about the dancers who work in them are hard to come by, though. The Bureau of Labor Statistics includes these workers alongside other types of dancers and choreographers, such as ballet and tango dancers, and cites their median salary as $16. 85 per hour.

Liza, an exotic dancer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, says that her wages are incredibly unpredictable: On a given night she’s earned anywhere from less than $150 to as much as $1,500. For The Atlantic’s series of interviews with American workers, I spoke with Liza, who requested that we only use her stage name, about how she became an exotic dancer, how the adult-entertainment industry is changing with increasing priority of the internet, and why people don’t consider her job respectable. The interview that follows has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Adrienne Green: How did you get into exotic dancing?

Liza: I started dancing five years ago. I was a student at the time doing a 40-hour-a-week unpaid internship and working at the local mall. I have degrees in psychology and theater. I could not afford to eat, so it became a last resort. It was actually a joke between my friends and me. I said, “Oh I'll just start stripping. That'd be funny.” Then I did, and here we are.

I went about getting the job in an unconventional way. I called a couple of times and the manager was never there, so I just went in. I showed up dressed in fishnets, a garter belt underneath my underwear, and boots, which is weird, because I literally looked like a hooker. I asked for the manager and said, “Look I'm a really good dancer. I have dance experience.” I was a dancer since I was like four years old, and I had always been on a stage. He gave me an audition, and it was full nude. It was terrifically embarrassing, but he gave me the job.

I’ve tried different jobs throughout the years: a non-profit, a distribution center, and I even got promoted at the mall job. I tried that. I just always ended up going back to dancing, because I wasn't happy with the way that management [at the other jobs] ran things.

“I was pretty much my own boss...If I went to work one day and I didn't really feel like working that hard, it was on me.Green: What made dancing more appealing than the other jobs?

Liza: I was pretty much my own boss. I could decide when and how much I wanted to work. If I went to work one day and I didn't really feel like working that hard, it was on me. As long as I paid the club what I owed them, it wasn't a big deal.

Green: You said that you’re free to work as much as you want as long as you “pay the club what you owe them.” What is that pay and fee structure like?

Liza: Largely, dancers are not actual employees of the club. They're independent contractors. When we go into work, some clubs [ask you to] call in, most of them have scheduling, but sometimes you can just walk in. There's always a house fee or a space-rental fee. You also have to pay the DJ and the house mom, who's kind of like the dressing room manager, because they often don't get a paycheck either.  Basically we are paying to work there. As long as they get their money, they don't care.

Green: What is a typical shift or week like?

Liza: Every club is different, but there is an eight-hour shift at most of the clubs that I've worked at. You can be on the floor as much as you want or not. If you wanted to you could sit in the dressing room the entire time. Or, you can be out there talking to people and making money. There are a few clubs in Las Vegas where you can show up literally whenever you want and then leave. If you can get in there and work for three hours and make the money that you need, you're good to go.

Green: Would you consider the fees that you have to pay to the clubs a significant part of the money you would otherwise get to take home?

Liza: It depends on the season and on the day. It's like being a waitress or being a bartender. Some nights you can walk out of there with a bunch of money and some nights you can walk out with next to nothing. It just depends on what's going on. Summer time is typically a lot slower in strip clubs. People are with their families or going on vacation.  Around [fall], things start to pick up considerably. During the holidays people want to go out, drink, and party. People are sick and tired of some things, and they want to get away. It's an escapism business.

“A lot of times I hear from clients, ‘Oh what are you going to do for this dollar?’”Green: How have you seen the adult entertainment industry change in your five years of experience?

Liza:  With the advent of the internet, it's a lot easier to get pornography or web-cam girls at your house for free most of the time. In my state and in my club it is illegal to do sexual favors; prostitution is illegal. If you are caught doing any of that, you are immediately terminated. For the most part, the people who come into strip clubs are looking for companionship, and someone to talk to. It has been more and more difficult over the past five years to be compensated for such services in a way that is lucrative and reliable. When I first started dancing, I think my worst night was my first night when I made $150. My best night in the past five years I probably made $1,500. Recently, $150 has been a good night.

A lot of people don't come out for the companionship anymore. They can get it in other ways for much cheaper. Why go to a strip club just to live out the fantasy, when you can pay $100 dollars for somebody to sleep with you for the evening and actually get the fantasy come to you? That's happened a lot more.

Green: How would you say that you’re treated by the clientele at work, and how has that changed?

Liza: The clientele has definitely shifted. I really wish I knew what was going on there, so I could shift whatever I'm doing. It seems like they don’t understand that we're there to work and make a living. They think we're there for fun. A lot of times I hear from clients, "Oh what are you going to do for this dollar?" If you're going to ask that question and then hold out a $20, $50, or $100 bill, that's a different story, but it's a dollar. I'm not working here for my health. We don't really get a lot of people who are paying customers anymore. We get a lot of people who are looking for girlfriends.

Green: Do you think that people consider your job as an exotic dancer the same way they do the work of people with more conventional jobs?

Liza: Absolutely not. There's no respect for what we do. It isn't viewed as a respectable job. There are so many stereotypes about exotic dancers: They are drug addicts, or uneducated, or come from a poor background, or have daddy issues, and that's why they do it. There's a lot of stigma, and as a result I don't think that the profession is on the same caliber as an accountant or any other “respectable” job.

In reality, it's literally the exact same thing. I show up, I go to work, I get ready, and I do my job dealing with people. The stage might as well be my office. There are co-workers that I like more than others, but I still have to work with them. We face the same things that you would find in a traditional job, but most clients recently have been treating us as if we embody the stereotype.

Green: You work alongside other women, but most of the management and your clientele are men. That isn’t so unlike other industries. Do those gender dynamics ever affect your work?

Liza: All of the dancers are women. DJ's and managers for the most part are men, though I have seen many more women becoming DJ's and managers. To be perfectly honest with you, you get both extremes. You get the men in management positions who get it. They understand what you're doing, they respect the work that you're putting in, and support you. If there's a guy that comes in and he's gropey, he gets kicked out immediately.

You also get the managers who are kind of misogynistic and unfortunately there's nobody to go to. We don't have an HR department or a safety net. We stand up for ourselves. We stick together. If the manager doesn't necessarily treat women with respect, the quality of the club definitely deteriorates.

“You also get the managers who are misogynistic and there’s nobody to go to. We don't have an HR department.”Green: You said that people don't think that your job is respectable. Does that have any impact on the way you form personal relationships in your life?

Liza: Yes. My personal life and my professional life are very different and very separate. Liza is not my real name; Liza's my dancer name. I have two different Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Nobody knows where I live. In my professional life, I usually don't share if I'm dating anybody.  It has to be very separate, because what we do could potentially be very dangerous. We could potentially have stalkers; someone could follow us home; we could have a customer who comes into see us all the time and thinks he's in love with us, and you don't know what he could do.

Green: Do you see your job as rewarding at all? It seems inherently risky personally and financially.

Liza: You have to look for the silver lining:  You go on the stage every night and people give me money because you’re pretty. That's kind of cool. I'm not saying that my job isn't hard, because it is. I have to make people feel special every single day, and I have to put aside whatever emotional thing I was going through that day. I think the reward doesn't only come monetarily, the reward comes from the empowerment that is there, and you just have to find it.

As a woman, it has made me more empowered and more confident, because I had to be to survive the industry. I didn't have a choice. I could sink; I could fall into the drugs, and be comfortable making  $30 every time I go in. Or, I could step it up and be the life of the party and own that part of myself. I have always identified as a performer anyway, and this is just kind of an extension of that.

This interview is a part of a series about the lives and experiences of members of the American workforce, which includes conversations with an actress, a bartender, and an improv teacher.

How much do dancers Chip and Dale earn? –

Chippendales Salaries

Position Salary
Salary of dancers - 3 salaries declared $31,556 / year
Salary of male exotic dancers - reported 1 salary $94 / hour
Marketing salaries - reported 1 salary $85,126 / year
Production tour manager salary - reported 1 salary $83,399 / year

• March 13, 2021

So which hotel is Chippendales in?


Nearly 17 months since the start of the pandemic, the hottest men in Vegas are back and ready to party, please and tease again when the Chippendales return to turn up the heat in their custom built home. Rio Las Vegas .

With that in mind, how much does a dancer make in Vegas?

As the number of such shows decreases, so does the dancer's salary. According to Simply Hired, as of 2014, the average annual salary for a Las Vegas dancer was $90,016 $39,000.

Also, can guys go to Thunder from underground?

Men often pay attention to their own physique and talents, but in Thunder From Down Under, it's really all about the women; no one is excluded from the show . And unlike other male revues that don't allow men to watch the show, Thunder welcomes them.

Where is the Chippendales show in Vegas?

Chippendales Las Vegas is an amazing party for the god of sex and abs that will make you go crazy... in the best possible way, of course! The guys tear down the house (and throw the rub) onto the stage in their own theater at Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas .

Second, how long does the Chippendales show last?

The show is a multimedia experience like you've never seen before. It's 75 minutes of energy and fun while the men dance, strip and sing.


How long is the Thunder Down Under show in Las Vegas?

Australia's Thunder from Down Under is an Australian men's revue that performs in Las Vegas, Nevada and tours around the world. The show is 90 minutes , an interactive performance with a choreographed dance and flashing lights.

Who is the highest paid performer in Las Vegas?

As of the end of 2018, the top-grossing Las Vegas residence was Celine Dion's New Day , which ran in Sin City from 2003 to 2007 and grossed $385.1 million.

What's the trick for $20 in Vegas?

The easiest way to get a free upgrade at a hotel in Las Vegas is to use the $20 trick! Place a $20 bill between your ID and credit card and hand it to the front desk attendant at check-in. . Ask them if the hotel has a free room upgrade and see how they get to work!

How much do street performers make in Vegas?

A recent news report stated that some of these street "performers" were earning between $700 and $800 a day stand and take pictures with tourists.

Can you have a drink at Thunder Down Under?

Can I buy drinks at the show? There is a full bar inside the showroom. . You can also purchase special drinks and bottles of champagne prior to the show date either online or by calling us at (702) 701-7778.

How much do Thunder from Down Under pay?

The average salary for a dancer in Las Vegas, Nevada is $40,642 per year, which is 41% lower than the Australian average. $69,165 per year for this job.

Are men allowed in Chippendales?

Times have changed, and so have our viewers. Chippendales has become a recognized face, and modern men are quite calm about this show. We don't have a gender bias but we admit there aren't many bros at these gigs.

What happens at the men's review?

Revue is a style of live entertainment that combines music, singing, dancing and costumes , everything is presented as a multi-action show. HUNKS the Show combines all of these elements and adds chiseled men and sexy costumes to create the world's most popular touring male revue show.

What do you wear to the Chippendales show?

You will see a combination of people dressed for the club and people dressed in the most comfortable clothes. Shorts and jeans and shirt are totally fine. Chippendales Las Vegas does not have a dress code. With that in mind, don't be afraid to dress up or even wear something fancy or fun.

Does Chippendales get a tip?

Without going into too much detail, may I ask how much does the average Chippendale dancer earn? We receive salary plus tips .

Thunder undresses from underground?

And unlike other male revues that don't allow men to watch the show, they are welcome in Thunder . … From watching men strip down almost to nothing to acting out your wildest fantasy and then jumping into the audience for face-to-face interaction, Thunder From Down Under is both sexy and entertaining.

Who is the richest singer in the world?

Herb Alpert is an American jazz musician best known as the group known as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. They are also often referred to as Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass or TJB. Alpert has amassed an impressive $850 million net worth, making him the richest singer in the world.

How much did JLO pay for Vegas?

Lopez was first reported to have been offered a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood in October 2014 in a deal that was said to be lucrative. $350,000 per night . The residence was officially confirmed in May 2015.

Who has lived in Vegas the longest?

One of the most successful residencies in history belongs to Elvis Presley , who performed 636 consecutive concerts at the International and Las Vegas Hilton hotels from July 1969 to December 1976.

Grade 1
Actual gross $385 million
Artist Celine Dion
Residence name New day. ..
Year(s) 2003-2007

Can I waive resort fees?

While many hotels state that their resort fees are mandatory, this is not always the case. Guests may refrain from paying these additional fees. … If the resort fee was not specified at the time of booking, to ask to be charged because it is dishonest and deceptive business practice.

Are drinks still free in Vegas?

Vegas casinos serve free drinks to all players . You don't have to sit down at a $100 blackjack table; they will bring you cocktails in the slot machines.

Can you walk from Mccarran airport to the runway?

Yes Walkable from the airport to the Las Vegas Strip.

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How much do chippendale dancers get paid? –

Chippendales Salaries

Position Salary
Salary of dancers - 3 salaries declared $32,936 / year
Salary of male exotic dancers - reported 1 salary $205,954 / year
Marketing salaries - reported 1 salary $88,847 / year
Production tour manager salary - reported 1 salary $87,045 / year

• January 24, 2022

Also, do the Chippendale dancers get tips?

We get paid plus tips. It differs. Every guy gets his own contract and every guy gets paid differently.

Do you need a strip license in Vegas then?

When you arrive in Las Vegas as a stripper, make sure you bring the following with you: 2 forms of ID (Driver's License, State ID, Social Security Card, Military ID, DD214, US Passport, Certificate of Naturalization, baptismal certificate and alien

Is that why the Chippendales are filming this? The men of Chippendale are dancers, not strippers. Yes, they film it all, but it's done with style.

How much do Chippendales make in Vegas? The average salary for a dancer is $40,588/year in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is 32.936% higher than the average Chippendale salary of $23/year for this job.


Who was the first black Chippendale dancer?

Natalia: He was the only black dancer in the cast. Later, after he left Chippendales, Hodari decided he could start his own show after spending three years studying Banerjee's business moves.

Who is the oldest Chippendale dancer?

John Katsilometes finds the world's oldest stripper Bernie Barker, 66, who was discovered in the Chippendales Las Vegas Sun.

Why is it called a gentlemen's club?

Each time hundreds of thousands of men got the vote, and it was common for them to feel like they had been elevated to the status of a gentleman, so they looked for a club.

Can you gamble in Vegas at 18?

Legal age of gambling in Las Vegas, Nevada

The minimum age for gambling in the United States is 18, but most states, including Nevada, set the minimum age for gambling at 21. In Las Vegas, Nevada, you must be over 21 years of age to play at a casino, location, or online casino.

How much does it cost to be a dancer in Las Vegas?

The total amount of fees due on application is $450 ($400 license + $50 processing). If your business is approved to operate from your home and you reside within the Las Vegas city limits, an additional $50 one-time homework permit fee is required. Make a check to CITY OF LAS VEGAS.

How old do you have to be to go to Chippendales?

Must be 18 years of age or older to attend. Men are welcome.

Is there a movie about the Chippendales?

At the peak of New Regency, Bold Films and Chippendales from Permut Productions, a film that tells a crazy story full of murders, mayhem and tough guys behind the exotic men's revue.

What happened to the founder of Chippendales?

But the hired hitman got cold feet and reported it to the FBI, which led to a break in the De Noya murder. Banerjee was arrested, and at 1994 pleaded guilty to racketeering and murder and committed suicide. Before sentencing, he handed over the company to his wife, Irina, and hanged himself in a prison cell.

Who owns the Chippendales?

Somen "Steve" Banerjee (Bengali: সোমেন বন্দোপাধ্যায়; October 8, 1946 – October 23, 1994) was an Indian-born American entrepreneur and founder of Chippendales.

Somen Banerjee.

Somen "Steve" Banerjee
Other names Steve Banerjee
occupation entrepreneur, promoter
Known Founder of Chippendales

How old do you have to be to go to Chippendales?

Must be 18 or older to attend.

Chippendales closed?

Caesars Entertainment is closing Chippendales and other smaller shows. LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Caesars Entertainment has made the decision to close several of its smaller venues and shows in Las Vegas, according to a statement Friday.

Who killed the chippendale owner?

Three and a half years after their deal was written on a napkin, Banerjee hired ex-cop Ray Colon to kill Nick De Noy. Colón, in turn, hired a man named Gilberto Rivera López who, in 1987, walked into De Noya's Manhattan office and shot him in the face, killing him.

Who was the first Chip and Dale or Chippendales?

This upgraded version of the chipmunks will make their first appearance as the main characters in the movie Chip and Dale 1947 years, set by Hannah. Their names are a pun on the name "Chippendale" (a reference to furniture maker Thomas Chippendale).

Who is the oldest male stripper?

Retired nuclear engineer Bernie Barker was 60 years old when he started his new career: dancing for women. He has since been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest male stripper. Hear his story in the Morning Edition.

What is the best age to be a stripper?

In fact, strippers are 18 to 50 years old and come in all shapes and sizes. If you've ever wanted to be a stripper but weren't sure if the profession is right for you, there are a few things you should carefully consider before making this decision.

How old are the original Chippendales?

Founded in 1979, Chippendales was the first male striptease group to perform primarily for female audiences. Through the quality of the production and choreography, Chippendales also helped legitimize striptease as a form of popular entertainment.

What is the most exclusive club in London?

Members only: London's most exclusive clubs

  • Morton Club.
  • Home house.
  • Annabelle.
  • Ivy Club.
  • Arts Club.
  • Groucho Club.
  • 5 Hertford Street.
  • Shoreditch House.

Are children allowed in Vegas casinos?

You cannot bring children to the casino, so gambling is excluded. You cannot bring children to live performances because the shows are quite loud and your child will most likely disturb the other guests so there are none.

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