Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.89 per hour for pay. Just under one-fifth report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and approximately one in eight collect vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Hairdressers and Cosmetologists is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$12,456 - $58,723
$12K
$29K
$59K
MEDIAN: $29,153
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$7.70 - $20.83
$7
$9
$21
MEDIAN: $9.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$12,456 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$800  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,517  
Total Pay (?
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$16,062 - $51,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.70 - $20.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60 - $6.75  
Overtime
$15.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$800  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,517  
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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$16,062 - $51,794  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $24K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $25K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $27K.

Key Stats for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 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
22%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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