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Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary (United States)

Most Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $8.64 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a fourth, and nearly one in six earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary (?
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$13,996 - $53,249
(Median)
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38K
53K
MEDIAN: $26,034
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Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary (?
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$7.20 - $14.61
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$13,996 - $53,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
Commission
$19.73 - $30,144  
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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$15,064 - $49,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.20 - $14.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.85 - $6.62  
Overtime
$3.30 - $21.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
Commission
$19.73 - $30,144  
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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$15,064 - $49,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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Job Description for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist

  • 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $25K. Hairdressers and Cosmetologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $25K.
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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%
Late-Career
up arrow 11%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$23,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 76%