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Esthetician Salary

Most Estheticians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.54 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Just under one in three enjoy medical while around a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about an eighth. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,130 - $50,590
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $30,201
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$8.54 - $19.76
(Median)
$8
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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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
$14,130 - $50,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,232  
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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$18,172 - $47,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.54 - $19.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.82 - $8.63  
Overtime
$0.45 - $27.19  
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.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,989  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,232  
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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$18,172 - $47,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 652
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Job Description for Esthetician

Licensed Estheticians have extensive knowledge in skin care and work closely with those who want to improve there overall appearance. Most estheticians focus on the face. They do however perform other body services such as body wraps, hydration and aromatherapy.

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Esthetician Tasks

  • 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.
  • Keep records of client needs and preferences, and the services provided.
  • Refer clients to medical personnel for treatment of serious skin problems.

Common Career Paths for Esthetician


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Though it's uncommon, some Estheticians move into roles as Spa Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $36K per year. A more likely transition for Estheticians is Esthetician (Non-Medical) or Medical Esthetician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Esthetician


Estheticians flock to Massage Envy for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $29K lead the pack in compensation; however, Massage Envy also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $13K at one end to $36K at the other end.

The smallest paychecks can be found at European Wax Center — the median salary there is $24K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $17K and $47K.

Popular Skills for Esthetician


Professional skills reported by Estheticians are few in number. Most notably, skills in Skin Care, Waxing, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales, Customer Service, and Waxing. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Waxing.

Pay by Experience Level for Esthetician

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


For many Estheticians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. Estheticians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $41K.

Esthetician Reviews

What is it like working as an Esthetician?

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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Experience Affects Esthetician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 24%


National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Esthetician Salaries

Skin Care
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Waxing
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
100 %
Male
0 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%
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