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.
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.Read More...
First and foremost, a barber must be skilled at cutting hair and understanding his customer's wishes to do so in a timely manner. As some barbers do not offer services such as shampooing and conditioning, many customers now prefer to do so before proceeding to the cut. Barbers not only use clippers and scissors, but also items such as straight razors which are not so common in other stylist salons. Many barbers use these razors in both shaving and hair-grooming for customers.
Barbers must also maintain their work space throughout the day by sweeping, ensuring proper sanitization of hair-cutting tools, and other cleaning procedures. Many barbers also stock hair care products and ensure that all stock is replenished and visible for sale to clients.
To work as a barber, a person will typically attend a barber or styling school after high school. Barber schools often provide training emphasis on male-specific hair care and styling needs, including shaving and razor techniques. Barbers may work regular hours with or without weekend shifts, and some shops may be open at night, as well. Barbers should expect to spend most of their workday standing or walking.
- 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.