Stylist Salary

Most Stylists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $9.03 per hour. Pay generally varies between $7.43 per hour and $14.78. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Over a third enjoy medical while close to a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly a sixth. For the most part, Stylists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$14,883 - $62,188
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$62K
MEDIAN: $29,888
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$7.43 - $14.78
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$14,883 - $62,188  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,947  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
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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$16,360 - $48,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.43 - $14.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.85 - $6.96  
Overtime
$0.23 - $25.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,947  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
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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$16,360 - $48,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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Job Description for Stylist

Stylists generally works with hair, although fashion stylist positions exist as well. Hair stylists must be licensed to cut hair and have attended a stylist college. These professionals work in salons and carry out duties such as cutting and trimming, shampooing, dying, and straightening and perming hair. Fashion stylists generally work in stores to help customers pick out clothing that compliments their style and preferences.

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Stylist 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Stylist


Great Clips, Inc. 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 $30K.

Pay by Experience Level for Stylist

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


For Stylists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $23K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $24K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $26K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Stylist Reviews

What is it like working as a Stylist?

Stylist in Cleveland:
"It's Okay And It Will Do For Now."
Pros: I actually work for a great manager. She's very kind and sweet and helpful. I work in a good environment.
Cons: I don't think the district Manager is very professional. Shes actually quite rude. I don't think that we earn enough money being stylist and if we were paid more then we might have better people working for us. I don't think that the management above us has enough qualifications to even have their jobs. I don't think it's fair that we work hard and can't make commission. I don't care if I am fresh out of school that means I'm fresh on my knowledge. I'm updated on every thing new with trends. I think it's terrible we have a lot of responsibility put on us but yet minimum wage as hourly pay!!!! If I wanted to make that I would of just went to a fast food chain.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Stylist in Huntington:
"How Damaging It Would Be On My Overall Health."
If its your passion than do it but if your unsure in any way just don't even bother finishing and go into something else. Doubts at first will lead to regrets later. Also if your able go ahead after graduating beauty school go back to school for something else as a back up plan for later I'd love to kick myself in the butt for not going to nursing school 10 years ago like I wanted to now my life situations won't allow me to go back.

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Experience Affects Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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