Stylist Salary

Women account for the majority of Stylists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $8.94 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.46 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.01 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Stylists. About one in three enjoy medical while about one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-seventh. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,824 - $70,986
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$71K
MEDIAN: $29,656
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$7.46 - $15.01
(Median)
$7
$8
$15
MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$14,824 - $70,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,708  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,410  
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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$16,197 - $49,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.46 - $15.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.76 - $7.14  
Overtime
$0.23 - $26.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,708  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,410  
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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$16,197 - $49,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.


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. Stylists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. For some reason, Stylists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $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 24%

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 66%
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