Hair Stylist Salary
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.Read More...
This position requires outstanding manual dexterity and attention to detail. Hair stylists must be familiar with - and continually update - with current popular styles, trends, and techniques. In most salon situations, a good stylist will find that a dynamic personality is a plus in maintaining rapport with clients and maintaining a stable client base. They should be prepared to offer advice and suggestions as required by their clients.
Many times, the hair stylist position requires additional skills, namely hair coloring techniques and hair processing techniques such as perming and relaxing hair.
Stylists often work normal business hours during the week; however, many salons do have certain days and dates where they are open later to accommodate clients' needs. Depending on the salon and its specific needs, experience in smaller studios may be a necessary beyond educational and licensing requirements.
Hair Stylist Tasks
- Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.
- Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
- Maintain and clean work areas and tools.
Common Career Paths for Hair Stylist
Hair Stylists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Cosmetology Instructor. The average Cosmetology Instructor brings home $33K per year. Becoming a Salon Manager or a Hairstylist is often the next step for a Hair Stylist.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist
Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Sport Clips, Inc., Regis Corporation, and Regis Salons are top-notch employers for Hair Stylists in this area. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Self-Employed offers the most; Hair Stylists earn $36K on average there. ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., Sport Clips, Inc., and Great Clips, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Hair Stylists earning around $34K, $30K, or $27K at each firm, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Regis Corporation at $21K, and Supercuts Hair Salon where $22K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Hair Stylists there earn up to $37K.
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. 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 $28K. Hair Stylists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $30K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.
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