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Esthetician Salary

Most Estheticians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $12.53 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career length and the individual firm are influential factors as well. For the most part, Estheticians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in six collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,055 - $51,268
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$51K
MEDIAN: $30,201
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$8.55 - $19.74
(Median)
$8
$13
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$14,055 - $51,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
Commission
$0.31 - $18,791  
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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$18,204 - $47,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.55 - $19.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83 - $8.60  
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 - $1,994  
   
Commission
$0.31 - $18,791  
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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$18,204 - $47,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 653

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Estheticians who move on to become Spa Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $36K. More commonly, Estheticians become Esthetician (Non-Medical)s or Medical Estheticians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Esthetician


Employees of Massage Envy can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $28K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $11K to $36K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at European Wax Center — the median salary there is $24K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $17K and $47K.

Popular Skills for Esthetician


Typical Estheticians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Skin Care, Waxing, Customer Service, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales, Customer Service, and Waxing. Most people who know Customer Service also know Waxing.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $29K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $33K. On average, Estheticians make $38K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $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 25%


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 98 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: 69%
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