Barber Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Barbers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $30K per year. Pay generally varies between $17K and $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Barbers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Barbers (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in six, and less than one-tenth earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$15,450 - $49,025
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$49K
MEDIAN: $29,966
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50%
90%

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$8.26 - $20.78
(Median)
$8
$11
$21
MEDIAN: $11.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$15,450 - $49,025  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $7,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $3,878  
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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$17,476 - $50,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $20.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.92 - $8.45  
Overtime
$9.50 - $27.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $3,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $7,000  
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).
)
$17,476 - $50,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Barber

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $30K. For Barbers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $29K.

Barber Advice

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

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.

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Experience Affects Barber Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 6% employee benefits None: 84%
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