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Cosmetologist Salary

The average wage for a Cosmetologist is $9.35 per hour.
$14,275 - $50,327
(Median)
$14K
$25K
$50K
MEDIAN: $24,899
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90%

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$7.45 - $18.35
(Median)
$7
$9
$18
MEDIAN: $9.00
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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
$14,275 - $50,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,522  
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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$15,676 - $50,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.45 - $18.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.58 - $5.55  
Overtime
$0.36 - $25.17  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,522  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,000  
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).
)
$15,676 - $50,368  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 334
United States (change)

Job Description for Cosmetologist

Cosmetologists are part of a creative sect of the health and beauty field that aspires to make individuals look their most appealing. They have the unique ability to style hair, polish nails, and apply makeup, among many other skills. Being a specialist in beauty and makeup they are aware of current trends and are constantly striving for professional improvement by attending conferences and other development opportunities to learn new skills. Cosmetologists are licensed professionals who have attended school, passed an exam, and often participate in an internship program. Schooling takes between one and two years. The course curriculum is designed to give the cosmetologist a wide range of learning experiences in each field to ensure they have a basic skill level in the various elements of beauty design. Along with classes in cutting hair, coloring hair, makeup application, and nail design, cosmetologists must also learn business practice.

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetologist

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

Cosmetologist Reviews

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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Cosmetologist Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$24,000

Skin Care
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 21% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 78%