Hair Stylist Salary

Women account for the majority of Hair Stylists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.30 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.63 per hour and $15.46. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Hair Stylists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about a fourth, and nearly one in seven earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,933 - $57,811
(Median)
$14K
$25K
$58K
MEDIAN: $25,488
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50%
90%

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$7.63 - $15.46
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,933 - $57,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,135  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,195  
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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$16,288 - $51,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 324
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.63 - $15.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.15 - $7.96  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,135  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,195  
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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$16,288 - $51,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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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Hair Stylists who advance into the role of a Hair Salon and Spa Manager are fairly uncommon. Hair Salon and Spa Managers on average earn $32K per year. Moving from a Hair Stylist to Salon Manager or Cosmetologist is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Hair Stylists include Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Salons, Regis Corporation, and Sport Clips, Inc. ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $31K on average. Other big spenders include Sport Clips, Inc., Great Clips, Inc., and Sportclips, top-paying firms where Hair Stylists see paychecks nearing $27K, $27K, or $26K.

Considering that the median salary at Regis Salons is a shallow $18K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is 72 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Regis Corporation at $20K, and Supercuts Hair Salon where $23K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Hair Stylists there earn up to $30K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


For Hair Stylists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $23K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $26K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $32K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$25,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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