Hair Stylist Salary

Median pay for Hair Stylists in the United States is around $9.36 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the specific company. The vast majority (90 percent) of Hair Stylists who took the survey are female. Roughly a fourth enjoy medical while roughly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. 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.
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$14,122 - $59,265

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$7.63 - $15.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$14,122 - $59,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,084  
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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$16,200 - $51,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.63 - $15.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.06 - $7.53  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,084  
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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$16,200 - $51,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Hair Salon and Spa Managers. That role pays $32K per year on average. However, becoming a Salon Manager or Cosmetologist is a more frequent transition for Hair Stylists.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Dominating the field, Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Corporation, Regis Salons, and Sport Clips, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Hair Stylists. Those at Sportclips can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $29K.

Regis Salons offers the smallest salaries in town — $18K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $14K to $69K) creates a rather varied pay scale.


Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


Hair Stylists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $23K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $27K on average. For Hair Stylists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Hair Stylists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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
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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 92 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: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 74%
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