Salgado was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and raised in a nearby town called Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. He studied theatre in 1998 at the University of Puerto Rico. He moved to New York City in 2012, and currently resides in Manhattan with his wife and child.
Salgado made his Off-Broadway debut in 2003 with the musical Fame as a replacement for Enrico Rodriguez and understudy for the role of Joe Vegas. In 2004 he worked on the film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights as the dance double for the role of Javier played by Diego Luna. In 2005 Salgado originated the role of Frankie Suarez in the musical The Mambo Kings’’ In 2006 he starred as Bobby in the musical A Chorus Line in his return to Puerto Rico as a special guest artist. The musical featured local legends such as Braulio Castillo Jr., Angel Viera, Daniela Droz and Nashalí Enchautegui among others. Later in the production Salgado replaced Angel Viera as Paul at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center.
On February 8, 2007 Salgado opened his second Off-Broadway show with the musical In the Heights. He appeared in the film Across the Universe directed by Julie Taymor and American Gangster. Also in the same year served as assistant to associate choreographer: Central Park scene for the film Enchanted.
In 2008 Salgado transferred to Broadway as Jose, as well as Latin Assistant Choreographer in the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights, directed by Thomas Kail, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, with music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda; book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. For In the Heights, the entire cast won a Drama Desk Award, and Salgado and the ensemble won an ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus from Actors' Equity Association. This same year he played the role of Alejandro in the film Step Up 2: The Streets. Salgado also collaborated with Jamal Sims as Latin Assistant choreographer for the film.
In 2010 Salgado debuted at The Public Theater in a free outdoor concert staging of Paul Simon's The Capeman at the Delacorte Theater directed by Diane Paulus and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. He also played the role of "Malik" on Broadway in the The Lincoln Center musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Sherie Rene Scott, Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell and, Laura Benanti. The production was directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli.
Salgado produced the "Dare to Go Beyond: The Album" for R.Evolución Latina featuring Broadway stars Corbin Bleu, Andréa Burns and Joshua Henry among others. The CD was released on December 13, 2010.
In 2014 Salgado gave life to the role of Kid Rizzo in the musical Rocky the Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre. directed by Alex Timbers; choreographed by Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine.
Salgado has also directed, choreographed and developed new shows including Song of Solomon (Best Director), Zuccotti Park (Best Director), and Zapata The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story, Shafrika The White Girl, I'll Be Damned (Tina Award nominee for Best Choreography), Drop Outs and Serenade (HOLA Award, Best Choreography). On film and television he has choreographed the animated film Dora's Explorer Girls, and music videos for Wonka and McDonald's Latinos Are One - LR1 single Maña y Corazón.
In 2011, he founded Salgado Productions, a production company committed to developing new works and creating "Art with a Purpose". The company’s celebrated projects including Amigo Duende, The Musical (a musical adaptation of the classic Puerto Rican children’s play), Candela Fuerza y Pasión (A New Musical Spectacular in Lima, Perú), as well as the 50th Anniversary concert of Peruvian singer Cecilia Bracamonte.
Salgado is the founder and CEO of R.Evolución Latina, an organization that seeks to empower the Hispanic community through educational programming and partnerships. The organization’s best-known initiatives are the Dare to Go Beyond Children's Performing Arts Camp, D2GB School Arts program and the Beyond Workshops Series, a 2-week annual professional development program for adult performers.
Salgado is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway and a faculty member at Alvin Ailey. Salgado released a 5-volume instructional Latin Dance DVD series for Tezoro Productions, which cover the basics of Salsa, Mambo, Carnival, Merengue and Plena music.
Salgado has received multiple recognitions, including the BroadwayWorld.com Gypsy of the Month Award, Grand Marshall of NY Dance Parade (2009), and the recognition El Award "Hombres Destacados" by el Diario La Prensa in 2010.