Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary
Most Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.92 per hour. The majority of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a fifth enjoy medical while approximately one in eight get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in eight. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$13,902 - $59,251|
|Commission||$0.00 - $6,000|
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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).)
|$16,312 - $53,181|
|Hourly Rate||$7.70 - $23.96|
|Hourly Tips||$0.61 - $6.64|
|Commission||$0.00 - $6,000|
|Total Pay (||$16,312 - $53,181|
Job Description for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist
A hairdresser, hairstylist or cosmetologist generally works in a salon or barbershop. They perform tasks such as shampooing, cutting, styling and shaving clients' hair; cosmetologists may also perform beauty-related tasks such as applying makeup and skin treatments, performing manicures and pedicures, and removing hair through electrolysis. Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists use many instruments in the course of a day, including brushes and combs, many kinds of scissors, hair products such as hairspray and mousse, and makeup brushes and tools. They use tools such as hair dryers, flat irons and curlers as well. Depending on their specialization, a hairdresser, hairstylist, or cosmetologist might also use hair dyes and bleaches as well.Read More...
Typically, a hairdresser, hairstylist or cosmetologist works full time during regular business hours, although their hours may vary depending on their employer's hours of operation. Some hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists are self-employed and can determine their own working hours. Clients vary; for example, some hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists specialize in men's hair, while some specialize in coloring hair or braiding. Some salons require that the hairdresser, hairstylist or cosmetologist bring in their own clients and rent a chair in the salon, whereas some pay employees by the hour or with a salary and do not require rental.
This work requires a license, obtainable by attending a state-approved cosmetology or barber school. The requirements vary by state, but these programs can generally be completed with a year of full-time study.
With rare exceptions, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists work indoors and are on their feet for the majority of the day.
Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist 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.
Pay by Experience Level for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist
Pay by Experience for a Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 95 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 55 salaries. An experienced Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 57 salaries. A Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 59 salaries.
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