Hair Stylist Salary

Hair Stylists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.70 per hour for pay. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a fifth, and roughly an eighth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Hair Stylists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,607 - $58,527
$14K
$26K
$59K
MEDIAN: $26,306
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$7.63 - $15.54
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MEDIAN: $9.70
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$0$58K
Salary $13,607 - $58,527
Bonus $244.68 - $5,106
Commission $0.00 - $10,387
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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$16,189 - $51,518
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 298
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $7.63 - $15.54
Hourly Tips $1.22 - $8.21
Overtime $16.42
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $244.68 - $5,106
Commission $0.00 - $10,387
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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$16,189 - $51,518
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 391

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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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At the upper end, Hair Stylists who move into a Cosmetology Instructor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Cosmetology Instructors is a much higher $33K per year. Becoming a Salon Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Hair Stylists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $31K. Another frequent advance is for Hair Stylists to assume a Hairstylist role; in this role, workers often earn $25K.

Hair Stylist Job Listings

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. Hair Stylists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., where the average salary comes to $34K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sport Clips, Inc., Self-Employed, and Great Clips, Inc., where Hair Stylists typically earn around $31K, $29K, or $27K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Regis Corporation at $21K and Supercuts Hair Salon at $22K, though some Hair Stylists there earn up to $38K.

Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

Pay by Experience for a Hair Stylist has a positive trend. An entry-level Hair Stylist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 313 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hair Stylist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 195 salaries. An experienced Hair Stylist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 194 salaries. A Hair Stylist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 106 salaries.

Hair Stylist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Hair Stylist?

Hair Stylist in Reno:
Pros: My clientele.
Cons: Poor pay, not so easy to hit commision mark.

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Key Stats for Hair Stylist

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Experienced
▲13%

▲9%

National Average
$26,000

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 9%
no benefits
None: 78%
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