Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary

Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $30K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Just under a fifth enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and close to one-tenth get vision benefits. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$14,582 - $55,376
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$55K
MEDIAN: $29,922
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50%
90%

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$7.42 - $19.85
(Median)
$7
$9
$20
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$14,582 - $55,376  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,500  
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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$15,963 - $52,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.42 - $19.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.74 - $6.73  
Overtime
$6.79 - $25.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,500  
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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$15,963 - $52,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $25K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $26K on average. For Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $25K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$26,000

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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