Esthetician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Estheticians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.69 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around an eighth. Work is enjoyable for Estheticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$14,361 - $49,321

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$8.62 - $19.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,361 - $49,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
Commission
$0.31 - $18,616  
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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$18,294 - $46,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.62 - $19.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.79 - $8.27  
Overtime
$0.50 - $29.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
   
Commission
$0.31 - $18,616  
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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$18,294 - $46,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 676
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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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It doesn't happen often, but some Estheticians do move on to become Spa Managers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $36K per year. However, it's more common for Estheticians to move into roles as Esthetician (Non-Medical)s or Medical Estheticians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Esthetician


Massage Envy pays the most with a median salary of $30K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $14K to a high of $36K.

Offering a median of only $27K, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $17K on the lower end and $37K on the higher end.


Survey takers who work as Estheticians usually report a few specific skills. 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Customer Service to be familiar with Skin Care as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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 35%

Experienced
up arrow 22%


National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Esthetician Salaries

Skin Care
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Waxing
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
100 %
Male
0 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%
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