Hair Stylist Salary

Hair Stylists in the United States take home an average $9.47 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women account for the majority of Hair Stylists who took the survey — 90 percent to be exact. Approximately one in four enjoy medical while one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in ten. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,105 - $59,950
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$60K
MEDIAN: $25,703
10%
50%
90%

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$7.55 - $15.85
(Median)
$7
$9
$16
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$14,105 - $59,950  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,660  
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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$15,815 - $51,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.55 - $15.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.04 - $7.51  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.17  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,660  
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).
)
$15,815 - $51,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300

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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 some Hair Stylists move into positions like Hair Salon and Spa Manager (where the average salary is $32K), this progression is not the norm. A more common career path for Hair Stylists is stepping into the role of Salon Manager or Cosmetologist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Although Supercuts Hair Salon heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $26K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $17K to $30K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $23K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $27K. Hair Stylists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $31K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 74%