Esthetician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Estheticians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $12.62 per hour. While tenure and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-sixth collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$14,077 - $50,196
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$14K
$30K
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MEDIAN: $30,138
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$8.66 - $19.74
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,077 - $50,196  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,156  
Total Pay (?
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$18,230 - $47,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $19.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.78 - $8.66  
Overtime
$0.45 - $27.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
   
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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$18,230 - $47,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 659
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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. More commonly, Estheticians become Esthetician (Non-Medical)s or Medical Estheticians.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Esthetician


Massage Envy does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $30K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $11K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $36K.

Bringing up the rear, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc.'s median pay of $27K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $37K.

Popular Skills for Esthetician


Survey takers who work as 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. Many workers who know Customer Service also know Skin Care.

Pay by Experience Level for Esthetician

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


Estheticians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $29K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $33K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Estheticians make a median salary 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 $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: 29% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%
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