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Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary

Most Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $8.66 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by roughly a fifth, and one-eighth earn vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$12,499 - $51,470
(Median)
$12K
$26K
$51K
MEDIAN: $26,101
10%
50%
90%

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$7.21 - $14.62
(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
$12,499 - $51,470  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
Commission
$19.87 - $26,174  
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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$14,942 - $49,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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.
)
$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.21 - $14.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.77 - $7.27  
Overtime
$1.50 - $15.08  
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 - $1,961  
   
Commission
$19.87 - $26,174  
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).
)
$14,942 - $49,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190

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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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. For some reason, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $25K.

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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

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
4%
1-4 years
42%
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: 77%
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