Esthetician Salary

Women account for the majority of Estheticians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $12.63 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by experience level and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and one-sixth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Estheticians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$14,125 - $49,704
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$14K
$30K
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MEDIAN: $30,114
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$8.66 - $19.77
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,125 - $49,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
Commission
$0.29 - $19,064  
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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$18,230 - $47,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $19.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80 - $8.49  
Overtime
$0.45 - $27.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
   
Commission
$0.29 - $19,064  
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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$18,230 - $47,093  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 666
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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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Although it's unusual, some Estheticians transition into jobs as Spa Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $36K per year, though. A more likely transition for Estheticians is Esthetician (Non-Medical) or Medical Esthetician.

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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 $13K to a high of $36K.

ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $27K) but some workers make up to $37K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales, Customer Service, and Waxing. Customer Service and Skin Care are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Esthetician

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


Estheticians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $33K. For Estheticians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $41K.

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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 23%


National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Esthetician Salaries

Skin Care
up arrow 2%

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 99 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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