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Esthetician Salary

The larger portion of Estheticians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $12.61 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Estheticians is high. Around one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a fifth collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$12,511 - $49,964
(Median)
$13K
$30K
$50K
MEDIAN: $30,004
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$8.41 - $19.82
(Median)
$8
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,511 - $49,964  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
Commission
$0.30 - $11,772  
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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$18,003 - $47,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.41 - $19.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.82 - $8.45  
Overtime
$0.45 - $27.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
   
Commission
$0.30 - $11,772  
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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$18,003 - $47,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 589
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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.

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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 $30K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $15K to $39K.

Popular Skills for Esthetician


Estheticians report a narrow range of 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. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Waxing.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $29K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. Estheticians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Estheticians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $40K.

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 33%

Experienced
up arrow 24%


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 89 votes.

Gender

Female
100 %
Male
0 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 32% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 67%