Most Hairstylists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.14 per hour. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in six, and less than one-tenth earn dental coverage. Most Hairstylists report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$13,830 - $51,064
(Median)
$14K
$29K
$51K
MEDIAN: $29,022
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90%

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$7.53 - $13.95
(Median)
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$13,830 - $51,064  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,945  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,500  
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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$15,582 - $47,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$7.53 - $13.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.26 - $7.62  
Overtime
$1.49 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $3,945  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,500  
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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$15,582 - $47,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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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 not commonly seen, Hairstylists who transition into a Cosmetology Instructor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Cosmetology Instructors is $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


Dominating the field, Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Corporation, Regis Salons, and Self-Employed are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Hairstylists. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Self-Employed offers the most; Hairstylists earn $40K on average there. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, Great Clips, Inc., and Sport Clips, Inc., where Hairstylists typically earn around $24K, $23K, or $23K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Regis Corporation, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., and Regis Salons. They all pay $20K.

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 $22K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $26K. For Hairstylists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $26K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $29K on average.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
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National Average
$24,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
medical benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 83%
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