Hairstylist Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Hairstylists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.06 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.39 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.43 on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to around one in four, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hairstylists. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,156 - $58,175
(Median)
$13K
$26K
$58K
MEDIAN: $26,039
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$7.39 - $17.43
(Median)
$7
$9
$17
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$13,156 - $58,175  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
Commission
$0.70 - $21,639  
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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$15,241 - $50,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.39 - $17.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $7.62  
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
Commission
$0.70 - $21,639  
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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$15,241 - $50,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Hairstylist


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Hairstylists who go on to become Salon Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Salon Managers is $31K annually. A Hairstylist often moves on to become a Hairdresser or a Hair Stylist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


The biggest paychecks can be found at Supercuts Hair Salon — the median salary there is $24K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $17K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $32K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $21K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Hairstylists bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Hairstylists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 72%
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