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Hairstylist Salary

Most Hairstylists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.02 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $7.40 per hour to $17.50. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Hairstylists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. One in four enjoy medical while a little less than one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in ten. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$13,259 - $57,894
(Median)
$13K
$26K
$58K
MEDIAN: $26,346
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90%

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$7.40 - $17.50
(Median)
$7
$9
$17
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,259 - $57,894  
   
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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$15,368 - $51,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.40 - $17.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.24 - $7.60  
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.
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$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).
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$15,368 - $51,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209

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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 do not often transition into Salon Manager roles. The role averages $31K per year. Moving from a Hairstylist to Hairdresser or Hair Stylist is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


The biggest paychecks can be found at Supercuts Hair Salon — the median salary there is $25K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

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


Hairstylists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $21K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Hairstylists bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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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