Hairstylist Salary

The larger portion of Hairstylists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $9.25 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. The majority of Hairstylists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in seven, and less than one-tenth earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,102 - $52,851
$13K
$28K
$53K
MEDIAN: $28,200
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50%
90%

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$7.58 - $13.44
$7
$9
$13
MEDIAN: $9.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$13,102 - $52,851  
   
Bonus
$250.00  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$15,682 - $47,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$7.58 - $13.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.24 - $7.91  
Overtime
$1.52 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$250.00  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$15,682 - $47,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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Job Description for Hairstylist

A hair stylist works in a salon to create a variety of looks for the hair of his or her clients. A good hair stylist must balance his or her creative vision with the needs of the customer. A hair stylist must have relevant training and certification; there are numerous vocational training and secondary education facilities that train prospective stylists.

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Hairstylist Tasks

  • Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.
  • Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
  • Maintain and clean work areas and tools.

Common Career Paths for Hairstylist


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While Hairstylists do not often become Cosmetology Instructors, the job pays $33K per year on average. Hairstylists typically move into roles as Salon Managers or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $6K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Salons, Regis Corporation, and Self-Employed are all popular places to work. Self-Employed offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $40K. Also paying near the top of the field are Sport Clips, Inc. at $25K, Great Clips, Inc. at $24K, and Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, where Hairstylists annually earn $24K.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. ($16K), Smartstyle ($17K), and Regis Corporation ($18K).

Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Hairstylists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $22K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $26K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for Hairstylist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

▲12%

Experienced
▲8%

▲7%

National Average
$25,000

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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