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Hairstylist Salary

Most Hairstylists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $9.03 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.40 per hour and $17.85. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one-fifth collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$13,229 - $59,092
(Median)
$13K
$27K
$59K
MEDIAN: $26,884
10%
50%
90%

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$7.40 - $17.85
(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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,229 - $59,092  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
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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$15,444 - $51,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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
$7.40 - $17.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.22 - $7.93  
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 - $1,939  
   
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).
)
$15,444 - $51,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199

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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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While Hairstylists do not often become Salon Managers, the job pays $31K per year on average. More often, however, Hairstylists go on to become Hairdressers and Cosmetologists or Hairdressers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


With a median salary of only $23K, Great Clips, Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $17K to $36K isn't that wide, either.


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 $29K. For Hairstylists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

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
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 27% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 71%