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Esthetician Salary

Women account for the majority of Estheticians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.49 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. The majority of Estheticians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and nearly one in six earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,948 - $51,553
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$52K
MEDIAN: $30,083
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$8.46 - $19.71
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$13,948 - $51,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,008  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,156  
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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$18,096 - $47,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.46 - $19.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.87 - $8.52  
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 - $2,008  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,156  
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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$18,096 - $47,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 640

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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 not the most common occurrence, Estheticians sometimes become Spa Managers, where the average income is $36K 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


Although Massage Envy heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $28K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $11K to $36K.

European Wax Center offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $24K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $17K and $47K.

Popular Skills for Esthetician


Estheticians note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Skin Care, Waxing, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales, Customer Service, and Waxing. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Waxing.

Pay by Experience Level for Esthetician

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


For Estheticians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $38K. 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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 25%


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 3%

Sales
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 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: 68%