Hair Stylist Salary

Women account for the majority of Hair Stylists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.35 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hair Stylists. Approximately one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a sixth collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$14,108 - $59,719
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$60K
MEDIAN: $25,764
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$7.58 - $15.39
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$14,108 - $59,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,529  
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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$16,099 - $51,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.58 - $15.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.13 - $7.42  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,529  
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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$16,099 - $51,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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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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Hair Stylists who advance into the role of a Hair Salon and Spa Manager are fairly uncommon. Hair Salon and Spa Managers on average earn $32K per year. More often, however, Hair Stylists go on to become Salon Managers or Cosmetologists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Hair Stylists flock to Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Corporation, Regis Salons, and Sportclips, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Those at Sportclips can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K.

Regis Salons is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $18K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $14K while workers on the upper end may rake in $69K.


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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $23K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $27K on average. For Hair Stylists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $34K.

Hair Stylist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Hair Stylist in Dayton:
"Get out while you can."
It's not worth it. You spend all that money to get a state license and they don't pay you what you are worth. Minimum wage is a insult. People are rude to you and act like you don't know what you are doing. I didn't have that problem but I see it in other girls.

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 75%
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