Hair Stylist Salary

Hair Stylists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $9.37 per hour. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. About one in four enjoy medical while around a sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than 10 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,093 - $59,350
(Median)
$14K
$25K
$59K
MEDIAN: $25,443
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$7.60 - $15.44
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$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$14,093 - $59,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
Commission
$0.00 - $14,400  
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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$16,151 - $51,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.60 - $15.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.06 - $7.39  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $14,400  
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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$16,151 - $51,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 347
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Hair Stylists sometimes become Hair Salon and Spa Managers, where the average income is $32K per year. It is more probable, however, that Hair Stylists become Salon Managers or Cosmetologists.

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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. Sportclips offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $29K.

Regis Salons offers the least money; the median income there is just $18K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $14K and $69K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Hair Stylists. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $27K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hair Stylists make a median salary of $28K. 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 $35K.

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 14%

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
91 %
Male
9 %

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: 75%
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