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
- Maintain and clean work areas and tools.
- Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
- Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.
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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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Hair Stylists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Self-Employed offers the most; Hair Stylists earn $36K on average there. Hair Stylists can also look forward to large paychecks at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ($34K), Great Clips, Inc. ($28K), and Sport Clips, Inc. ($28K).
Employees at Regis Corporation, Supercuts Hair Salon, and Fantastic Sams Hair Salons can also expect below-average earnings of $21K, $22K, and $23K.
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. 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. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $30K on average.