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. Most Hairdressers and Cosmetologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a little less than one-fifth, and roughly one in seven earn vision coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,278 - $58,297
(Median)
$13K
$28K
$58K
MEDIAN: $28,349
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50%
90%

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$7.76 - $20.70
(Median)
$7
$9
$21
MEDIAN: $9.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,278 - $58,297  
   
Bonus
$800  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,576  
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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$16,323 - $51,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.76 - $20.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.58 - $6.84  
Overtime
$15.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$800  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,576  
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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$16,323 - $51,156  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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

  • 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $24K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $25K on average. On average, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists make $30K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $26K.

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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$25,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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