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Hair Stylist Salary

Women account for the majority of Hair Stylists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.51 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. About a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a sixth collect dental insurance. The majority of Hair Stylists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,150 - $59,552
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$60K
MEDIAN: $25,528
10%
50%
90%

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$7.58 - $15.54
(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
$14,150 - $59,552  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,357  
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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$15,955 - $51,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.58 - $15.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11 - $7.57  
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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,357  
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).
)
$15,955 - $51,417  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 322

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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. However, becoming a Salon Manager or Cosmetologist is a more frequent transition for Hair Stylists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Hair Stylists fill the offices of leading firms Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Corporation, Regis Salons, and Sport Clips, Inc. Hair Stylists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Sport Clips, Inc., where the average salary comes to $27K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


For many Hair Stylists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $23K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $27K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $31K.

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 74%
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