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Hairstylist Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Hairstylists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.02 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.39 per hour and $17.62. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Around one in four enjoy medical while just under one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-tenth. Most Hairstylists like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,141 - $54,738
(Median)
$13K
$26K
$55K
MEDIAN: $26,346
10%
50%
90%

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$7.39 - $17.62
(Median)
$7
$9
$18
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$13,141 - $54,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$15,388 - $50,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.39 - $17.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.24 - $7.59  
Overtime
$0.00 - $26.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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).
)
$15,388 - $50,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Hairstylists move into roles as Salon Managers, where pay is an average $31K per year. More often, however, Hairstylists go on to become Hairdressers and Cosmetologists or Hairdressers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Supercuts Hair Salon leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $25K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. For Hairstylists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $29K.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

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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