Stylist Salary

Stylists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $8.96 per hour for pay. Pay ranges from $7.47 per hour on the low end to $15.01 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Stylists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to one in three, and just under one in four earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$14,858 - $70,729

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$7.47 - $15.01

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$14,858 - $70,729  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,708  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,639  
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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$16,204 - $49,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.47 - $15.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.68 - $7.18  
Overtime
$0.27 - $26.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,708  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,639  
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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$16,204 - $49,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Stylist

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $23K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $24K. Stylists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. Stylists who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $28K.

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

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 65%
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