Barbers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $31K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly one in seven report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$17,302 - $63,478
$17K
$31K
$63K
MEDIAN: $30,569
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50%
90%

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$8.69 - $28.97
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$12
$29
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$17,302 - $63,478  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,535 - $69,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $28.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56 - $10.96  
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,535 - $69,590  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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Job Description for Barber

Barbers perform haircuts and offer styling and other related services to their clients. Typically, the term "barber" is used for a percentage of male hair stylists, and still generally refers to men's hair styling, shaving, and similar processes. Barbers are typically customer-friendly individuals who interact and converse with clients while taking care of their hair needs. As such, many clients return again and again to the same barbershops, and good barbers typically make their facilities something of a hub for friendship and conversation within their respective communities.

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Barber Tasks

  • Cut and trim a variety of types of hair according to customer's instructions or desired hairstyle.
  • Clean work stations and sweep floors.
  • Drape and pin cloths around the customers' clothes.
  • Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, and clippers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Barber

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. Barbers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $31K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $33K.

Barber Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Barber in Corpus Christi:
"Challenging fear."
Believe in yourself, all things are possible, focus, visualize what the customer explains to you as far as the haircut they are wanting. And then remember to never loose your guideline. Always be teachable, receive correction well, and share with others what you have learned. And remember most important of all NEVER GET GREEDY!

Barber in Tampa:
"Drama is such a factor."
Focus on the customer and ask them lots of questions. Make sure that they are happy and they'll always co e back.

Barber in Belleville:
"Servitude And Ownership."
Make sure you like serving people and plan to own your own shop. The money is in being an owner/operator.

Key Stats for Barber

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Barber Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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