Cosmetologist Salary

The average wage for a Cosmetologist is $9.42 per hour. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$12,484 - $48,400
$12K
$24K
$48K
MEDIAN: $24,153
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50%
90%

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$7.69 - $14.89
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.42
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,484 - $48,400  
   
Bonus
$0.44 - $2,525  
Commission
$0.00 - $7,020  
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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$15,461 - $44,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $14.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.68 - $6.78  
Overtime
$5.00 - $56.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.44 - $2,525  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $7,020  
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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$15,461 - $44,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 555

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetologist

Pay by Experience for a Cosmetologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Cosmetologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 491 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cosmetologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 215 salaries. An experienced Cosmetologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 197 salaries. A Cosmetologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 113 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $23,365

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Cosmetologist Reviews

Q: 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.

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Key Stats for Cosmetologist

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Cosmetologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲14%

▲11%

National Average
$23,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Cosmetologist Salaries

Customer Service
▲5%

National Average
$23,000

Skin Care
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 79%
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