Hair Stylist Salary (United States)

A typical Hair Stylist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $9.51 per hour. The range in pay spans from $7.50 per hour to $16.64. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residency, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. About one-fourth enjoy medical while about one-fifth get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 11 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Hair Stylist Salary (?
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$14,142 - $62,702
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MEDIAN: $27,909
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$7.50 - $16.64
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$14,142 - $62,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,173  
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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$15,678 - $53,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.50 - $16.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.09 - $7.53  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,173  
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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$15,678 - $53,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $6,987 per year. It is more probable, however, that Hair Stylists become Salon Managers or Hairdresser / Hairstylists.

Hair Stylist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist

Hair Stylists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Great Clips, Inc., where typical salaries come to $23,693, though the large difference in pay between employees at the top ($16,471) and those starting out ($33K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Regis Corporation, where the median salary is just $20,057. Other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Supercuts Hair Salon ($22,622) and Great Clips, Inc. ($23,693).

Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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For Hair Stylists, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $23K, increasing to $28K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $29K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Hair Stylists after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $30K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Hair Stylists that is 90 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Hair Stylists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+61 percent).

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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 74%