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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 $8.71 per hour on average. Nearly one in five report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and one in eight collect vision insurance. Most Hairdressers and Cosmetologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$12,421 - $51,811
(Median)
$12K
$26K
$52K
MEDIAN: $26,101
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90%

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$7.22 - $14.60
(Median)
$7
$8
$15
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
$12,421 - $51,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,028  
Commission
$19.73 - $26,356  
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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$14,872 - $48,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.22 - $14.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.74 - $7.04  
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.10  
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 - $1,028  
   
Commission
$19.73 - $26,356  
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).
)
$14,872 - $48,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181

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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $21K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $25K. Hairdressers and Cosmetologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. 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 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 21% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 76%
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