Barber Salary

Barbers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $30K per year. Compensation ranges between $18K and $51K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Barbers (55 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Barbers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in six report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in ten collect dental insurance.

$15,180 - $50,168
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$50K
MEDIAN: $29,963
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$8.41 - $20.87
(Median)
$8
$11
$21
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$15,180 - $50,168  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,740  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,155  
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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$18,034 - $51,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.41 - $20.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.97 - $9.64  
Overtime
$14.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,740  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,155  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$18,034 - $51,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $29K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. On average, Barbers make $31K following one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $29K.

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

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
medical benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 83%
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