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 $27K annually. For the most part, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in six collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$12,384 - $53,724
(Median)
$12K
$27K
$54K
MEDIAN: $27,099
10%
50%
90%

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$7.23 - $15.03
(Median)
$7
$8
$15
MEDIAN: $8.00
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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
$12,384 - $53,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
Commission
$5.21 - $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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$14,889 - $50,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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
$7.23 - $15.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72 - $6.21  
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
$5.21 - $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).
)
$14,889 - $50,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Hairdressers and Cosmetologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $25K.

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Experience Affects Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 74%
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