Pay for Barbers in the United States is very modest at just $31K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Barbers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in seven, and less than 10 percent earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Barbers making up 52 percent of survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$18,314 - $64,529
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$65K
MEDIAN: $30,638
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$8.67 - $24.90
(Median)
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$11
$25
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$18,314 - $64,529  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$18,880 - $68,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $24.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.56 - $11.61  
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,000  
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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$18,880 - $68,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Barbers make $31K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $32K.

Barber Advice

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.

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Experience Affects Barber Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 7%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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