The average wage for a Cosmetologist is $9.49 per hour.

$13,083 - $48,748
(Median)
$13K
$24K
$49K
MEDIAN: $24,488
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50%
90%

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$7.62 - $15.13
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,083 - $48,748  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,521  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,305  
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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$15,932 - $44,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 348
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$7.62 - $15.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67 - $6.62  
Overtime
$4.90 - $56.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,521  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,305  
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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$15,932 - $44,296  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 528
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Job Description for Cosmetologist

Cosmetologists specialize in styling hair and applying makeup to customers. As such, they have in-depth knowledge of a wide range of styles and how to recreate styles that customers may specify from photographs. They may also wash hair for customers before any cutting or styling is done.

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Cosmetologist Tasks

  • Maintain and clean work areas and tools.
  • Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
  • Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Cosmetologist Reviews

What is it like working as a Cosmetologist?

Cosmetologist in Cornelius:
"Making you beautiful."
Pros: Helping people to feel more comfortable and confident as themselves by enhancing their inner beauty by changing their outer self.
Cons: I feel like for the work I do I don't recieve enough compensation. I am a stylist and the receptionist during the week.

What is it like working as a Cosmetologist at Great Clips, Inc.?

Cosmetologist in Salt Lake City:
Pros: I get a lot of bonuses and I usually get good tips.
Cons: I don't get paid enough, my general manager treats the management with no respect and she makes us feel worthless. I have to deal with rude customers and people who don't tip, have awful hair or smell terrible.

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Experience Affects Cosmetologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Cosmetologist Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$24,000

Skin Care
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 78%
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