Hairstylist Salary

Most Hairstylists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.04 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $7.38 per hour and $15.49. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Hairstylists like their work and job satisfaction is high. About a fourth enjoy medical while just under a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in ten. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,108 - $58,412
(Median)
$13K
$26K
$58K
MEDIAN: $26,039
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$7.38 - $15.49
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,108 - $58,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
Commission
$0.63 - $28,000  
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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$15,259 - $50,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.38 - $15.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.24 - $7.55  
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
Commission
$0.63 - $28,000  
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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$15,259 - $50,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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. Becoming a Hairdresser or a Hair Stylist is a common transition from a Hairstylist role.

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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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $28K. For Hairstylists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
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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