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Hairstylist Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Hairstylists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $26K annually. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $22K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Hairstylists report making only $29K on average. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Hairstylist Salary (?
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$12,411 - $58,723
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MEDIAN: $25,658
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Hairstylist Salary (?
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$7.48 - $18.26
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$12,411 - $58,723  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Commission
$0.31 - $35,235  
Total Pay (?
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$15,607 - $52,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 166
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$7.48 - $18.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.22 - $8.28  
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
Commission
$0.31 - $35,235  
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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$15,607 - $52,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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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There are some Hairstylists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Salon Managers, where earnings are an average $31K annually. However, Hairstylists typically graduate to Hairdressers and Cosmetologists or Hairdressers.

Hairdresser / Hairstylist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist

For Hairstylists, below-average salaries can be found at Great Clips, Inc.; in fact, average earnings are around $24K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($18K versus $37K) is great.

Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

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

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Seattle
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National Average
$25,000
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With a pay rate for Hairstylists that is 67 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Hairstylists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+58 percent).

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Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$25,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 70%