Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.90 per hour on average. Job satisfaction for Hairdressers and Cosmetologists is high. In this profession, one-fifth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and close to a seventh have vision insurance, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,184 - $58,882
$14K
$29K
$59K
MEDIAN: $29,264
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$7.73 - $20.83
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$21
MEDIAN: $9.90
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$14,184 - $58,882  
   
Bonus
$800  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,250  
Total Pay (?
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$16,236 - $51,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.73 - $20.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.59 - $6.79  
Overtime
$15.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$800  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,250  
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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$16,236 - $51,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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

  • Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.
  • Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
  • Maintain and clean work areas and tools.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $24K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $26K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Hairdressers and Cosmetologists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $27K.

Key Stats for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
▲17%

Late-Career
▲8%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 20%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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