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Hair Stylist Salary

Median pay for Hair Stylists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $9.42 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Hair Stylists are female. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one-fourth, and just under one-fifth earn dental coverage. Most Hair Stylists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$14,142 - $61,071
(Median)
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61K
MEDIAN: $28,085
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$7.50 - $16.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$14,142 - $61,071  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,078  
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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$15,745 - $52,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.50 - $16.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.97 - $7.50  
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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,078  
   
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).
)
$15,745 - $52,578  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 251
United States (change)

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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Though not the most common occurrence, Hair Stylists sometimes become Hair Salon and Spa Managers, where the average income is $32K per year. It is more probable, however, that Hair Stylists become Salon Managers or Hairdressers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Supercuts Hair Salon attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $26K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


For Hair Stylists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $23K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. On average, Hair Stylists make $29K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Hair Stylists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $30K.

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 73%