Esthetician Salary

Estheticians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $12.55 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.61 per hour to $19.79. While geography and the specific company impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Just under a third enjoy medical while around one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in eight. Work is enjoyable for Estheticians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$14,791 - $50,389
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MEDIAN: $30,344
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$8.61 - $19.79
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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 (?
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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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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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While not commonly seen, Estheticians who transition into a Spa Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Spa Managers is $37K per year. A more common career path for Estheticians is stepping into the role of Esthetician (Non-Medical) or Medical Esthetician.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Esthetician


The biggest paychecks can be found at Massage Envy Franchising — the median salary there is $33K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. — the median salary there is $26K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $17K and $37K.


Estheticians typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $29K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $32K. Estheticians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Estheticians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $42K.

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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