Most Hairstylists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.17 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. For the most part, Hairstylists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. One-sixth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-tenth collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$13,331 - $50,997
$13K
$29K
$51K
MEDIAN: $28,970
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$7.48 - $13.52
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$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,331 - $50,997  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,973  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,342  
Total Pay (?
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$15,377 - $47,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$7.48 - $13.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.26 - $7.64  
Overtime
$1.49 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,342  
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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$15,377 - $47,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 290

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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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Hairstylists do not often transition into Cosmetology Instructor roles. The role averages $33K per year. Hairstylists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Salon Managers or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Hairstylists, Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Salons, Regis Corporation, and Self-Employed are leading firms in the industry. Self-Employed attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $38K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Fantastic Sams Hair Salons at $24K, Great Clips, Inc. at $24K, and Sport Clips, Inc., where Hairstylists annually earn $24K.

Also approaching the lower end are ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. at $16K, Smartstyle at $18K, and Regis Corporation at $20K.

Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $27K. Hairstylists bring in $26K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $28K.

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Key Stats for Hairstylist

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 82%
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