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 $30K annually. In this profession, a little less than a fifth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and around a tenth have vision insurance, as well. Most Hairdressers and Cosmetologists like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$14,582 - $55,376
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$55K
MEDIAN: $29,922
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$7.42 - $19.85
(Median)
$7
$9
$20
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $25K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hairdressers and Cosmetologists make a median salary of $29K. 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 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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