Barber Salary

Pay for Barbers in the United States is very modest at just $30K per year. Male Barbers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. About a sixth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than 10 percent collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Barbers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$15,476 - $47,859
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $29,964
10%
50%
90%

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$8.23 - $20.25
(Median)
$8
$11
$20
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
$15,476 - $47,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
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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$17,431 - $48,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.23 - $20.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.98 - $9.38  
Overtime
$8.17 - $29.16  
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.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
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).
)
$17,431 - $48,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $29K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $30K. Barbers bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Barbers report making only $29K on average.

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
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$30,000

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 9%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 84%