Hairstylist Salary

Hairstylists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $8.94 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.41 per hour, and the top verges on $15.02. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Hairstylists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in four, and nearly one-sixth earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$13,554 - $59,598
(Median)
$14K
$29K
$60K
MEDIAN: $28,873
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$7.41 - $15.02
(Median)
$7
$8
$15
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,554 - $59,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
Commission
$0.00 - $21,000  
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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$15,586 - $50,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.41 - $15.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $7.50  
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $997  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $21,000  
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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$15,586 - $50,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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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For Hairstylists, progressing to a Cosmetology Instructor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Cosmetology Instructor can earn $33K annually. It is not uncommon for a Hairstylist to continue on to become a Hair Stylist or a Salon Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Although Supercuts Hair Salon heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $24K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $17K to $33K.

While select Regis Salons employees may bring in up to $44K, a median salary of only $22K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.


Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $21K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $28K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $29K on average.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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