Women comprise the majority of Hair Stylists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.50 per hour on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to one in five, and close to one-tenth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,136 - $57,696
(Median)
$13K
$26K
$58K
MEDIAN: $25,989
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$7.75 - $15.07
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,136 - $57,696  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $8,221  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,050  
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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$16,314 - $50,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $15.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.27 - $8.37  
Overtime
$16.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$496.65 - $8,221  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,050  
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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$16,314 - $50,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 373
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Cosmetology Instructor, where median compensation is $33K annually. A Hair Stylist often moves on to become a Salon Manager or a Hairstylist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Sport Clips, Inc., Regis Corporation, and Regis Salons are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Hair Stylists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Self-Employed offers the most; Hair Stylists earn $36K on average there. Hair Stylists can also look forward to large paychecks at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ($34K), Great Clips, Inc. ($28K), and Sport Clips, Inc. ($28K).

Employees at Regis Corporation, Supercuts Hair Salon, and Fantastic Sams Hair Salons can also expect below-average earnings of $21K, $22K, and $23K.

Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

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


For Hair Stylists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $23K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $27K. Hair Stylists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $30K on average.

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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


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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