Hairstylist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Hairstylists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $8.94 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $7.41 per hour on the low end to $15.02 on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by experience level and the particular employer. About a fourth enjoy medical while nearly one in six get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in ten. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hairstylists. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$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 (?
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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 (?
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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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As Hairstylists transition into upper-level roles such as Cosmetology Instructor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Cosmetology Instructors earn $33K on average per year. Becoming a Hair Stylist or a Salon Manager is a common transition from a Hairstylist role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Although Supercuts Hair Salon boasts the highest average salary in town at $24K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $17K or as much as $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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $21K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $28K. Hairstylists bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $29K.

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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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