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Hair Stylist Salary

Women account for the majority of Hair Stylists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.53 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. Most Hair Stylists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Close to a fourth enjoy medical while around a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around a tenth. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$14,139 - $59,598
(Median)
$14K
$26K
$60K
MEDIAN: $25,593
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$7.57 - $15.62
(Median)
$7
$9
$16
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$14,139 - $59,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
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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$15,911 - $51,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.57 - $15.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.10 - $7.51  
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 - $2,970  
   
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).
)
$15,911 - $51,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 314

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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. As Hair Stylists progress in their field, many go on to become Salon Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $31K per year. Another common career choice for Hair Stylists is to move into a Cosmetologist role. Typically, Cosmetologists get paid $24K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Hair Stylists include Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Corporation, Regis Salons, and Sport Clips, Inc. Those at Sport Clips, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $27K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


For many Hair Stylists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $23K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $27K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $32K.

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 74%
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