Here are some facts about exotic dancers that you should think about:

#1 Strippers have families

10% of strippers are married and 13.5% of dancers have children. They may have extended family members that they are responsible for, too. Mothers, fathers, grandparents often depend on the income their children bring in and may also count on them for care, as well.

#2 Some of them just love dancing

The number one reason strippers say that they strip is because “they just want to dance.” That answer beat out “I want to make more money,” and “I couldn’t find any other job,” and “My other job sucked.” It may seem hokey, but when you think about it, how many other jobs are out there for girls who are passionate about dancing?

#3 Some dancers have health benefits

For some reason, most people have the impression that strippers make millions, but don’t get the benefits of a “regular” job. Neither claims are true. The average stripper doesn’t make millions, and about 1 in 8 strippers get health insurance. An estimated 4% of erotic dancers also get vision insurance.

#4 A lot of exotic dancers really are putting themselves through school

It’s long-standing “joke” that all strippers claim to be doing this job to pay for college. But, in fact, 1 in 3 erotic dancers really are going to college during the day and dancing at RI Dolls and other strip clubs at night.

#5 Not all strippers are rich off their earnings

While strippers often make more money in one night than the average person does in an entire week, their pay isn’t always consistent. A girl’s pay at the end of her shift varies greatly by the time she worked, the day she worked, the customer turn-out that particular shift, and other variables. That’s why when you look at websites like PayScale.com, a stripper’s average salary is between $19,590 and $138,250 a year. Now that’s a wide range!

#6 Some dancers do date their customers, even though it’s usually against the rules

1 in 5 female strippers hav dated a customer, and 3 in 4 male strippers haves dated a customer. While dating customers is forbidden in many clubs, including RI Dolls, strippers in other clubs sometimes find themselves dating them. My view is that in most cases, these are former customers, not current customers.

#7 Dancing is a long-term gig for a lot of dancers

The average age of female strippers is between 23 and 24 yrs old, though there are dancers who stick it out much longer. Professionals have noticed a trend in the strip club industry, which is if a stripper continues dancing for more than 5 years, then she’ll never get out of the business. To break it down further, at any given time:

  • 12% of strippers are in their first year
  • 55% have been in the business for 1 – 5 years
  • 19% of strippers have been dancing for 5 – 9 years
  • 6% have made it through 20 or more years as a stripper

#8 Many of them feel that exotic dancing is totally legit as a career

In fact, 86.6% of them feel it is legitimate. Considering the flack that strippers get sometimes when they tell someone what they do for a career, or the stripper-bashing that can be easily seen online, this statistic surprised me the greatest. Though, it makes me happy to know that deep down, the majority of citizens understand that stripping at RI Dolls or other strip clubs is a real job. Especially since it puts real money in the pockets of many girls each night!

#9 There are way more female strippers than male strippers

 The ratio of female to male strippers is more than 9:1. The industry is currently skewed—of all the strippers in the country, 92% of them are female and only 8% are male. I guess that’s because men are more visual than woman, so the demand of having establishments for men to look at naked ladies is higher than the demand for places that provide women with the ability to look at naked guys.

#10 A lot of strippers grew up religious

 89% of all strippers were raised in a religious home. To make this statistic more interesting, 91% of strippers are very close with their parents. So, contrary to popular belief, girls aren’t going out stripping to rebel against their religion or their parents.

#11 8 out of 9 strippers would recommend this gig to a friend.

This goes to show that strippers really do enjoy their job, and think it’s good enough to get their friends in on the action!