Esthetician Salary

Estheticians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $12.55 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $8.61 per hour and $19.79. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Just under one in three enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-eighth. Work is enjoyable for Estheticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$14,791 - $50,389
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $30,344
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$8.61 - $19.79
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,791 - $50,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Commission
$0.34 - $16,500  
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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$18,626 - $47,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.61 - $19.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.74 - $7.71  
Overtime
$0.57 - $29.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
Commission
$0.34 - $16,500  
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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$18,626 - $47,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 793
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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

  • 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 pay is an average $37K per year. A more likely transition for Estheticians is Esthetician (Non-Medical) or Medical Esthetician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Esthetician


Massage Envy Franchising offers the largest salaries in town — $33K on average.

ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $26K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $17K while workers on the upper end may rake in $37K.


Job skills reported by Estheticians are limited. Most notably, skills in Skin Care, Customer Service, Waxing, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales, Waxing, and Customer Service. Those with knowledge of Customer Service tend to be skilled in Skin Care as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Esthetician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Estheticians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $32K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. Estheticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.

Esthetician Reviews

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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Experience Affects Esthetician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 26%


National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Esthetician Salaries

Skin Care
up arrow 2%

National Average
$30,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Waxing
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 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
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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