Barber Salary

Barbers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $30K per year. Compensation ranges 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. Male Barbers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. Approximately one in seven enjoy medical while less than one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,425 - $49,068
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$49K
MEDIAN: $29,964
10%
50%
90%

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$8.25 - $20.85
(Median)
$8
$11
$21
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
50%
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
$15,425 - $49,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$17,431 - $50,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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
$8.25 - $20.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.92 - $8.51  
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 - $1,973  
   
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).
)
$17,431 - $50,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Barbers make a median salary of $31K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes 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 26 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: 15% dental benefits Dental: 8%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 85%
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