Women make up the vast majority of Stylists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.26 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and tenure. The majority of Stylists claim high levels of job satisfaction. One-third enjoy medical while around one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-fifth. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Both hair and fashion stylists must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. They need to be able to listen to customers’ concerns and build on them with suggestions and discussion. Stylists must offer products (including attempting to upsell any designated products) while being sensitive to the customers’ needs. Fashion stylists may also be tasked with putting together attractive displays and placing outfits on mannequins to attract customers to the store and offer visual style suggestions. Stylists also help keep the store clean and well organized. In any type of stylist position, the stylist may have to follow a stylist guide and be able to build on this guide with creativity.
In many positions, the stylist is required to operate the cash register as well. Therefore, previous experience handling monetary transactions may be beneficial or preferred. Usually, a high school diploma or equivalent is required for a stylist position. Previous experience may be required or preferred as well. Both part-time and full-time positions are available, and schedules vary depending on their employer's hours of operation.
- Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.
- Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
- Maintain and clean work areas and tools.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Stylist
Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., The Hair Cuttery, and Regis Corporation are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Sport Clips, Inc. — the median salary there is $30K.
Pay by Experience Level for Stylist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $25K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. On average, Stylists make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $24K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.