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Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary

Most Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $8.72 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in five get medical and dental insurance, and nearly one in ten get vision plans, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,574 - $52,618
(Median)
$14K
$27K
$53K
MEDIAN: $27,173
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50%
90%

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$7.21 - $14.33
(Median)
$7
$8
$14
MEDIAN: $8.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$13,574 - $52,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
Commission
$20.27 - $29,579  
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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$15,077 - $49,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.21 - $14.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.93 - $7.62  
Overtime
$2.94 - $15.42  
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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,934  
   
Commission
$20.27 - $29,579  
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).
)
$15,077 - $49,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $21K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists make a median salary of $28K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $25K.

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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 21% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 77%