This is the Richest Pro to Ever Appear on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

You love watching them glide across the floor, but have you ever wondered exactly how much the pros who appear on the hit reality show Dancing With the Stars are worth? There’s been plenty of rich contestants who appeared on the show, but the pros they’re working with are often making the big bucks, too. So, don’t feel too bad when your favorite doesn’t make it all the way to the end. These pros are doing just fine even if they don’t make it all the way to the last episode.

1. Maksim Chmerkovskiy

'Dancing With The Stars' pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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  • Estimated net worth: $8 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 2

We’ve been watching Maksim Chmerkovskiy dance since all the way back in season 2. He stayed on through season 15, took a short break for seasons 16 and 17, came back for 18, and then took another break until season 23. It’s understandable that he took breaks since he’s pretty busy keeping up with the seven dance studios he owns (under the brand “Dance With Me.”) Interestingly enough, he’s only won one Mirror Ball Trophy (so far), but that apparently hasn’t slowed him down as he has a net worth of $8 million.

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2. Mark Ballas

Professional dancer Mark Ballas
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  • Estimated net worth: $3 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 5

He’s charming. He’s funny. He’s an amazing dancer who has won Dancing With the Stars twice (so far). He’s also worth a cool $3 million. Is there anything Mark Ballas can’t do? He’s taken his dancing skills to new levels with different partners, including Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson (who helped him win the Mirror Ball Trophy in seasons six and eight), plus Kim Kardashian, Bristol Palin, and Christina Milan. At just thirty years old, we’re looking forward to seeing what else Mark Ballas has up his sleeve.

Next: He’s only a little behind his brother when it comes to net worth.

3. Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy
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  • Estimated net worth: $5 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 13

We first saw Valentin Chmerkovskiy, brother of Maksim Chmerkovskiy, back in season 2, when he was a student of his brother. He’s a two-time champion of World Latin Dance but didn’t get partnered as an official pro on Dancing With the Stars until season 13. Since then, he’s stolen the show in several seasons, including when he finally won first place in season 20 with partner Rumer Willis. He won again in season 23, this time partnered with gymnast Laurie Hernandez. He’s still young and has a successfully published memoir under his belt, which has helped him build his net worth to $5 million.

Next: She’s a record-breaker plus a Dance Moms coach.

4. Cheryl Burke

Professional dancer Cheryl Burke
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  • Estimated net worth: $450,000
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 2

Cheryl Burke has been dancing with the stars since season 2. She was a pro all the way until season 19, and then she took a brief hiatus until season 23. Burke is a DWTS anomaly in that she has won back-to-back in season two, with partner Drew Lachey, and then again in season three when she was partnered with former NFL star Emmitt Smith. She’s consistent in every other season, landing in the top five and setting records in nearly every season. Considering her success on Dancing With the Stars and her appearance on Dance Moms, it’s a little surprising that she isn’t worth more than half a million dollars.

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5. Emma Slater

Dancer Emma Slater
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  • Estimated net worth: $300,000
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 17

Compared with other pros who have been with Dancing With the Stars since the beginning, Emma Slater is still sort of a newcomer. That doesn’t mean she isn’t a fierce competitor, though. She first appeared on the show in season 14 as part of the dance troupe, but it wasn’t until season 17 that she finally got partnered as a pro and came in fourth. She finally won with her partner Rashad Jennings from the NFL in season 24. You might also recognize Emma from her appearance in the film Mamma Mia. We’ll be surprised if her net worth doesn’t rise over $300,000 as her career continues to grow.

Next: This pro also coached Jennifer Lopez for a film.

6. Tony Dovolani

Dancer Tony Dovolani
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  • Estimated net worth: $3 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 2

At 43, Tony Dovolani is one of the oldest and most seasoned veterans of the Dancing With the Stars pros. He has only won once, in season 15 with partner Melissa Rycroft, but don’t count him out completely. He has also won international dance competitions, like the World Rhythm Championships in 2005. You might also recognize him from the silver screen. He appeared in the film Shall We Dance? (2004) and coached actress Jennifer Lopez for her performance. His net worth sits at $3 million.

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7. Artem Chigvintsev

Dancer Artem Chigvintsev
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  • Estimated net worth: $2 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 19

This Russian dancer has been featured on several other dance competition shows, including So You Think You Can Dance? and Strictly Come Dancing before signing on with the DWTS dance troupe in season 18 and getting promoted to a pro in season 19. He was partnered with Lea Thompson for his first season. He has only ranked as high as sixth place so far in his DTWS tenure, but he’s still a fan favorite. He also keeps busy as a lead choreographer for several films and an actor, which is how he has built his net worth to $2 million.

Next: You might recognize this pro from the Olympics

8. Allison Holker

Dancer Allison Holker
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  • Estimated net worth: $2 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 19

You might recognize Allison Holker from the Olympic Games 2002 when she performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies. She was only 14 at the time. She then appeared in Disney’s High School Musical and its sequel before dancing on So You Think You Can Dance. After returning from their national tour, she became a back-up dancer for Demi Lovato. So, we can see why it took her so long to finally join DWTS. She came on as a pro in season 19 and came in second place during season 20 with her partner Riker Lynch. Her net worth is $2 million.

Next: She fell in love with her dance partner in season 20.

9.  Kym Herjavec (Johnson)

Dancer Kym Herjavec
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  • Estimated net worth: $1 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 2 (Australia), 3 (U.S.)

This Australian dancer first appeared on season two of the Australian version of Dancing With the Stars before joining the U.S. version for season three in 2006. She has only missed a few seasons since then and has won twice. First with partner Donny Osmond, then with Hines Ward. She has also danced at several high profile events and was even on the Australian version of the Celebrity Apprentice. She is worth $1 million. In 2016, she married Robert Herjavec, who is a millionaire businessman she partnered with in season 20.

Next: We love a good love story.

10. Peta Murgatroyd

Dancer Peta Murgatroyd
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  • Estimated net worth: $400,000
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 13

She’s a professional dancer who’s married to another pro on our list, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Before she came on as a pro for Dancing With the Star, Peta toured with Burn the Floor for six years. She joined DWTS in season 12 as a troupe member, then became a full-fledged pro in season 13. She won the competition in season 14 with her partner Donald Driver from the NFL. She won again in season 22 with an unforgettable performance with partner Nyle DiMarco. We’re sure that her net worth is higher than $400,000, thanks to her marriage to Chmerkovskiy.

Next: Her story is familiar to others on our list.

11. Sharna Burgess

Dancer Sharna Burgess
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  • Estimated net worth: $750,000
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 16

Sharna Burgess has a familiar story to other women dancers on this list. Burgess got her start by touring with Burn the Floor. She also appeared on the Australian version of Dancing With the Stars before joining the U.S. cast as a pro in season 16. She’s never come in first, but she’s come close. In season 20, she and partner Noah Galloway came in third place. She has gone on to come in second in seasons 21, 23, and 26. The fans love her and are rooting for her to finally take the top prize in a future season. Her net worth is $750,000.

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12. Julianne Hough

Entertainer Julianne Hough
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  • Estimated net worth: $10 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 4

Dancer Julianne Hough’s career started on TV with the show Show Me the Money. She became a Dancing With the Stars pro in season four, winning back-to-back in seasons four and five with Apolo Anton Ohno and Helio Castroneves. She stayed on as a dancer until season eight, then returned as a judge. She’s also an actress so you might recognize her from the films Burlesque, Footloose, Safe Haven, and Fork of Ages. At just 30 years old, Julianne is already worth $10 million.

Next: She and Mario Lopez came close to winning back in the beginning.

13. Karina Smirnoff

Dancer Karina Smirnoff
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  • Estimated net worth: $6 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 3

We first saw Karina Smirnoff dance as a pro on Dancing With the Stars back in season three with partner Mario Lopez The pair came in second place. She finally won the competition in season 13 with her partner J.R. Martinez. You’ve also probably seen her in the film Shall We Dance? If you need some fitness motivation, pick up her fitness DVD, Shape Up With Karina Smirnoff. All of her ventures have netted her a very comfortable net worth of $6 million.

Next: This pro also had a small part in the first Harry Potter film.

14. Derek Hough

Dancer Derek Hough
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  • Estimated net worth: $5.5 million
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 5

We first saw Derek Hough in season four when he was a guest instructor for his sister Julianne Hough and her partner Apolo Anton Ohno, who went on to win the whole season. He came back in season five as a pro and has set the record for the most wins in the competition. He’s won in seasons seven, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 21. His lowest place so far has been sixth. You might have also seen him in one of several major stage plays he’s performed in or on his film and TV appearances. All of his work has added up to an estimated net worth of $5.5 million.

Next: She came to play by winning it all in her second season as a pro.

15. Witney Carson

Dancer Witney Carson
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  • Estimated net worth: $300,000
  • First season as a DWTS pro: 18

She’s still young, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a fierce competitor. Witney Carson started her dance career on So You Think You Can Dance? After making it to the top six, she joined the Dancing With the Stars team as a troupe member in season 16 before getting promoted to a pro in season 18. She won the competition the next season with her partner Alfonso Ribiero. We’re sure her net worth, which currently sits at $300,000, will continue to grow as her career progresses.