Hair Stylist Salary

Hair Stylists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.30 per hour for pay. Pay generally varies between $7.63 per hour and $15.46. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and tenure are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Hair Stylists is high. Roughly one in four enjoy medical while one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,933 - $57,811
(Median)
$14K
$25K
$58K
MEDIAN: $25,488
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$7.63 - $15.46
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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It's not very common for Hair Stylists to move on to become Hair Salon and Spa Managers. Average pay for a Hair Salon and Spa Manager is $32K annually. More often, however, Hair Stylists go on to become Salon Managers or Cosmetologists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Salons, Regis Corporation, and Sport Clips, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Hair Stylists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. offers the most; Hair Stylists earn $31K on average there. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sport Clips, Inc., Great Clips, Inc., and Sportclips, where Hair Stylists typically earn around $27K, $27K, or $26K, respectively.

Regis Salons pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $18K, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Hair Stylists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. Hair Stylists see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Hair Stylists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $32K.

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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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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