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.
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.Read More...
A hair stylist must be able to execute a variety of women’s and men’s popular styles, and they must also stay educated and abreast of current trends. This involves continuing education and training in the field and working with peers and colleagues. The stylist must also be able to execute a variety of techniques as well. While many salons employ specialists for coloring hair, a stylist is generally expected to be able to perform this process as well. Additionally, the stylist needs to fully understand processes such as highlighting, perms, and straightening.
Hair stylists typically work during daytime hours in a salon environment. They should expect to spend much of their time on their feet. One key to being successful in this field is repeat business and generating a list of steady clients. To achieve this, a hair stylist needs to be an active listener and understand the needs of his or her clients. The stylist should be outgoing and personable, able to converse with clients to establish long-term business relations with them.
- 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
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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