Hair Stylist Salary (United States)

Hair Stylists in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $9.51 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.50 per hour to $16.64. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residency, followed by career length and the specific company. Benefits are common in this line of work, with 25 percent reporting medical and dental coverage and 11 percent collecting vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Hair Stylists is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Hair Stylist Salary (?
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$14,142 - $62,702
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MEDIAN: $27,909
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Hair Stylist Salary (?
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$7.50 - $16.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$14,142 - $62,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,173  
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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$15,678 - $53,044  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.50 - $16.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09 - $7.53  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,173  
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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$15,678 - $53,044  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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Job Description for Hair Stylist

A hair stylist works in a salon or studio environment, cutting and styling clients' hair. This position typically requires previous education or training in the field through opportunities such as cosmetology or beauty school. Many employers require certification or licensure for hair stylists.
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Hair Stylist Tasks
  • Maintain and clean work areas and tools.
  • Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
  • Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.

Common Career Paths for Hair Stylist

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Though it's uncommon, some Hair Stylists move into roles as Hair Salon and Spa Managers, bringing in an extra $6,987 per year. However, Hair Stylists typically graduate to Salon Managers or Hairdresser / Hairstylists.

Hair Stylist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist

The biggest paychecks can be found at Great Clips, Inc.—the median salary there is $23,693; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $16,471 and climbing to $33K.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Regis Corporation, where the median salary is just $20,057. Other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Supercuts Hair Salon ($22,622) and Great Clips, Inc. ($23,693).

Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Hair Stylists can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting out, salaries are typically $23K, which grows to $28K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $29K after one to two decades. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Hair Stylists after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $30K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$25,000
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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Hair Stylists, 90 percent higher than the national average. Hair Stylists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+61 percent).

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 74%
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