Hairstylist Salary

Hairstylists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $9.06 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.40 per hour, and the top verges on $17.43. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Roughly one in four report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a fifth collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,339 - $58,412

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$7.40 - $17.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,339 - $58,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
Commission
$10.50 - $28,000  
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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$15,392 - $50,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.40 - $17.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $7.65  
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
Commission
$10.50 - $28,000  
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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$15,392 - $50,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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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For Hairstylists, progressing to a Cosmetology Instructor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Cosmetology Instructor can earn $32K annually. A Hairdresser or a Hair Stylist is a typical transition from a Hairstylist role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Supercuts Hair Salon does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $24K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $17K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $32K.


Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $28K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Hairstylists bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
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: 12% employee benefits None: 73%
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