Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salary

The larger portion of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $28K annually. Between a fifth and a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in six collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$12,444 - $53,246
(Median)
$12K
$28K
$53K
MEDIAN: $28,207
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50%
90%

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$7.24 - $14.69
(Median)
$7
$8
$15
MEDIAN: $8.00
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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
$12,444 - $53,246  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
Commission
$0.41 - $25,447  
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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$14,919 - $49,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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
$7.24 - $14.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72 - $6.07  
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 - $1,032  
   
Commission
$0.41 - $25,447  
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).
)
$14,919 - $49,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $21K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $25K. Hairdressers and Cosmetologists bring in $27K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 75%
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