Women comprise the majority of Hair Stylists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.48 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Hair Stylists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a fifth, and close to one-tenth earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$13,880 - $57,787
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$58K
MEDIAN: $25,908
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$7.71 - $15.29
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,880 - $57,787  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $8,144  
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
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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$16,378 - $50,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.71 - $15.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.28 - $8.31  
Overtime
$16.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$103.04 - $8,144  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $13,702  
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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$16,378 - $50,479  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 396

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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

  • 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


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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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Key Stats for Hair Stylist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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