Women account for the majority of Estheticians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.22 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by tenure and the specific company. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to one-fourth, and approximately one in seven earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,904 - $55,179
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MEDIAN: $31,855
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$8.67 - $19.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,904 - $55,179  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $11,150  
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,275  
Total Pay (?
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$19,352 - $49,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $19.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63 - $9.77  
Overtime
$7.73 - $28.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$197.27 - $11,150  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,275  
Profit Sharing
$5,250  
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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$19,352 - $49,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 547

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Job Description for Esthetician

Estheticians have extensive knowledge in skin care and work closely with those who want to improve their overall appearance. Most estheticians focus on the face, although they often perform services for the rest of the body such as body wraps, hydration and aromatherapy. Day spas, salons and cosmetic stores may provide services that include eyebrow tweezing, waxing, facial massages and eyelash extensions, all of which are done by an esthetician. Estheticians may also refer clients to dermatologists if needed.Additionally, some estheticians work for medical dermatologists who handle skin-related issues such as acne and hyperpigmentation.

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Esthetician Tasks

  • Keep records of client needs and preferences, and the services provided.
  • Refer clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.
  • Evaluate and treat the facial skin to maintain and improve its appearance, using specialized techniques and products such as peels and masks.
  • Demonstrate how to clean and care for skin properly, and recommend skin-care regimens, colors or products for treatment.

Common Career Paths for Esthetician


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Estheticians do not often transition into Spa Manager roles. The role averages $37K per year. Becoming an Esthetician (Non-Medical) or a Medical Esthetician is, however, a more typical career progression for Estheticians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Esthetician


Known for taking on a considerable number of Estheticians, Massage Envy, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., European Wax Center, Massage Envy Franchising, and Burke Williams Spa are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Burke Williams Spa offers the most; Estheticians earn $33K on average there.

ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $24K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $19K and $42K.

Pay by Experience Level for Esthetician

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


Estheticians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $28K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $46K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Esthetician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Esthetician?

Esthetician in Denver:
"LOVE what I DO, HATE what it PAYS."
Pros: I love what I do, I enjoy the people. I love giving facials! I enjoy seeing a difference in peoples skin!
Cons: The pay!!!

Esthetician in Brightwaters:
"I Love Making People Look And Feel Good."
Pros: My favorite thing of all about this job is working on all types of people whether it's using makeup or products, I love making people feel good about themselves, I love to make people happy and relaxed. Selling them products that will make them look great.
Cons: What I like the least about my job is waxing people and not enough hours in a day. I don't like how most spa's do not give benefits.

Esthetician in Huntersville:
Pros: The people I work with and the services performed.
Cons: The drama and all the duties that are put on me that I was not hired to do and do not receive pay for.

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Key Stats for Esthetician

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
054
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Esthetician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%

Experienced
up arrow 27%


National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Esthetician Salaries


National Average
$30,000


Waxing
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Sales
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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