Derek Hough Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Derek Hough Net Worth 

Derek Hough has an estimated net worth of $8 million. Derek Hough spent a decade as a pro dancer on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ before becoming a judge on ‘World of Dance’; he’s also appeared in movies, stage shows and TV productions. He earns most of his income from his music, television shows and movies. 

Derek Hough appeared on Dancing With the Stars for several seasons between 2007 and 2016, winning a record six times with his celebrity partners. He’s a talented choreographer who has won two Emmys for his work on Dancing With the Stars. Hough spent his adolescent years in London, honing his skills as a ballroom and Latin dancer; by the age of 18, he was the Latin world champion. He’s toured with his younger sister, fellow dancer Julianne Hough, and has appeared in stage productions, movies, and television shows, including World of Dance, as a judge. Hough’s memoir, Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion, was also a New York Times best-seller (2014).

To calculate the net worth of Derek Hough, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Derek Hough
Net Worth: $8 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand
Annual Income: $2 Million
Source of Wealth: Dancer, Actor, Guitarist, Musician, Music Video Director, Choreographer, Singer-songwriter

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Early Life and Family

Hough was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 17, 1985. Hough grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as did his three older sisters and younger sister Julianne. Mari Anne and Bruce, his parents, met on a college ballroom dance team; all of his grandparents were also dancers.

Hough has spoken publicly about being bullied as a child in Utah. In 2014, he told People magazine about his experiences, saying, “I was punched in the face and stomach quite forcefully. I was tied to trees and abandoned in fields.” Hough also stated that he had forgiven the perpetrators.

Hough and Julianne began dancing together as children, encouraged by their parents, and went on to perform at schools and state fairs. Hough and Julianne moved to London when they were 13 to attend the renowned — and demanding — Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (while in London, Hough and Julianne lived with fellow dancer Mark Ballas’ family). This not only advanced their careers, but also provided personal relief as Hough’s parents divorced.

‘Dancing With the Stars’

Hough joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars for season 5 in 2007. (joining Julianne, who was already a pro dancer on the show). Hough’s duties included not only teaching celebrities how to perform dances such as the rumba, tango, paso doble, and jive, but also choreographing a variety of routines. For his work on the show, Hough received multiple Emmy Award nominations in the choreography category, winning in 2013 and 2015. Hough left Dancing With the Stars in 2016 after a decade on the show, during which he was a six-time Mirror Ball trophy winner with various celebrity partners.

In season 29, Hough returned as a judge.

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Hough competed on Dancing With the Stars for the first time with 90210 actress Jennie Garth. The following year, he teamed up with Shannon Elizabeth from American Pie in season 6 and Brooke Burke in season 7; Burke and Hough won that season. Hough collaborated with rapper Lil’ Kim in season 8 and model Joanna Krupa in season 9 in 2009. Hough won season 10 with singer Nicole Scherzinger and season 11 with Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey in 2010.

Hough did not compete in season 12, but returned for season 13 to dance with talk-show host Ricki Lake. In season 14, he collaborated with Maria Menounos, and in season 15, he collaborated with Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. In 2013, Hough won back-to-back seasons with country singer Kellie Pickler in season 16 and Glee actress Amber Riley in season 17.

Hough and Paralympian Amy Purdy wowed viewers in season 18 in 2014; later that year, he danced with YouTube star Bethany Mota in season 19. In season 20, his first partner was gymnast Nastia Liukin; in season 21, he won for the sixth time with his partner, conservationist and Crocodile Hunter progeny Bindi Irwin. During season 23, Hough danced with Taxi actress Marilu Henner.

Movies and TV Appearances

Hough’s filmography includes both supporting and leading roles.

‘Harry Potter’

A young Hough appeared as an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while living in England (2001). He played a Ravenclaw Hogwarts student; despite not having read the Harry Potter books, Hough decided to keep part of his costume — only to later lose the items he’d taken.

‘Make Your Move’

Hough and South Korean pop star BoA co-starred in Make Your Move (2014) as two dancers from different worlds who are drawn to each other. Hough’s absence from the twelfth season of Dancing With the Stars was due in part to the film, originally titled Cobu 3D.

‘Nashville,’ ‘Hairspray Live!’

Hough landed a straight dramatic role as an actor who becomes involved with Hayden Panettiere’s character Juliette on the TV show Nashville. In December 2016, he got to sing as Corny Collins in NBC’s live musical production Hairspray Live! In a fantasy sequence on Jane the Virgin, Hough also danced the salsa with Gina Rodriguez.

‘Family Dance Off,’ ‘American Ninja Warrior’

In 2013, Hough hosted the competition Family Dance Off, and in 2015, he collaborated with Mark Ballas on HGTV’s Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip, in which they worked together to renovate a house in order to profit by flipping it. Hough has also competed in the celebrity edition of American Ninja Warrior to raise money for NBC’s annual Red Nose Day charity campaign.

‘World of Dance’

Hough appeared as a judge on NBC’s summer TV show World of Dance in 2017, alongside Ne-Yo and Jennifer Lopez (Lopez, also an executive producer, chose Hough for the panel). Dancers from all over the world compete for a $1 million prize in the show. World of Dance, a ratings success, was still going strong by the time season 4 premiered in 2020.

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Music Career

Hough, in addition to his great success as a dancer and choreographer, also makes music, as evidenced by the Ballas Hough Band, which he formed with longtime friend Mark Ballas.

Hough also directed and starred in Michael Bublé’s “I Believe In You” video, and she danced with violinist and friend Lindsey Stirling in “The Arena.”

‘Hold On’

The song “Hold On” by Hough was inspired by a struggling friend. However, after learning of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington’s suicide, Hough decided to re-record the song and make a video for it. His goal was to draw attention to the problem of suicide, which had also claimed his uncle’s life, and to encourage men to talk about their feelings. The updated song was released on November 1, 2017.

Breaking Benjamin

Hough, a Breaking Benjamin fan, covered the band’s “Ashes of Eden” after having vocal cord surgery and has recorded with them.


Hough played the lead in a West End production of Footloose in 2006. In 2015, he performed in the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, though he missed some performances due to injury.

Hough was supposed to star in a Broadway production of Singin’ in the Rain in 2017, but the production was pushed back.


Hough’s choreography abilities were recognized by ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, in addition to his Emmy wins. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the pair performed a routine choreographed by Hough and won the gold medal (a first for the United States in that sport).

Hough worked as a choreographer for the BBC reality show DanceX when he was 22.

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TV Specials and Tour With Julianne

Hough and Julianne have frequently collaborated since then. Their appearances on Dancing With the Stars overlapped, and they also headlined the popular dance tours Move Live on Tour and Move Beyond Live on Tour. Furthermore, the siblings competed on Lip Sync Battle in 2015 (Julianne won), and they later co-hosted The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration in 2016 and the variety special Holidays With the Houghs in 2019.

Personal Life

Following their pairing on Dancing With the Stars, Hough and actress Shannon Elizabeth began a year-long relationship that ended in 2009. In 2011, Hough dated designer Lauren Conrad for about three months.

Hough has also been romantically linked to actresses Nina Dobrev and Nikki Reed, as well as British singer Cheryl Cole.

Hough and Hayley Erbert, a Dancing With the Stars troupe dancer, have been dating since July 2015. She accompanied Hough to his sister Julianne and Brooks Laich’s wedding in July 2017.

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