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 $27K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a fourth, and roughly one in six earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$12,431 - $53,328

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$7.22 - $14.79

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$12,431 - $53,328  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
Commission
$0.18 - $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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$14,878 - $49,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.22 - $14.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.88 - $6.18  
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.14  
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 - $1,032  
   
Commission
$0.18 - $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).
)
$14,878 - $49,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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. For Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Hairdressers and Cosmetologists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $25K.

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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 75%
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