Hairstylist Salary

Most Hairstylists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.32 per hour. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Roughly a sixth get medical and dental insurance, and fewer than one in ten get vision plans, too. For the most part, Hairstylists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$13,053 - $55,005
$13K
$29K
$55K
MEDIAN: $28,977
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$7.60 - $14.02
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$14
MEDIAN: $9.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$13,053 - $55,005  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,973  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,658  
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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$15,974 - $48,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$7.60 - $14.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25 - $8.09  
Overtime
$1.80 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,973  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,658  
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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$15,974 - $48,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 308

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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. A common career progression for a Hairstylist is to become a Salon Manager or an Administrative Assistant. Compared to Hairstylists, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Dominating the field, Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Salons, Regis Corporation, and Self-Employed are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Hairstylists. For Hairstylists, comfortable salaries can be found at Self-Employed; in fact, median earnings sit around $40K, the highest in the area. Hairstylists can also look forward to large paychecks at Sport Clips, Inc. ($25K), Great Clips, Inc. ($24K), and Fantastic Sams Hair Salons ($24K).

Also approaching the lower end are ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. at $16K, Smartstyle at $17K, and Regis Corporation at $18K.

Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

Pay by Experience for a Hairstylist has a positive trend. An entry-level Hairstylist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 178 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hairstylist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 135 salaries. An experienced Hairstylist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 150 salaries. A Hairstylist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 109 salaries.

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Key Stats for Hairstylist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

▲10%

Experienced
▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$25,000

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 82%
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