11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Exotic Dancers

There are a lot of misconceptions about strippers and most of our customers at Rhode Island Dolls in Woonsocket, RI don’t know about these interesting facts.

#1 They strip because they love to dance.

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?

#2 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.

#3 1 in 10 strippers are married.

And, about 13.5 % of strippers have kids.

#4 Most strippers really are putting themselves through college.

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 Some strippers have been in the business for decades.

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

#6 Strippers get 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.

#7 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.

#8 Strippers experience a wide swing in earning potential.

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!

#9 86.6 % consider stripping to be a legitimate line of work.

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!

#10 1 in 5 female strippers have dated a customer, and 3 in 4 male strippers have 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.

#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!