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.

$13,902 - $59,251
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$59K
MEDIAN: $30,272
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$7.70 - $23.96
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MEDIAN: $9.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,902 - $59,251  
   
Bonus
$800  
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$16,312 - $53,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.70 - $23.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61 - $6.64  
Overtime
$19.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$800  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $6,000  
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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$16,312 - $53,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 138

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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.

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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.

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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.

Key Stats for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
▲15%

Late-Career
▲6%

National Average
$26,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
no benefits
None: 77%
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