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.

$18,787 - $58,882
(Median)
$19K
$32K
$59K
MEDIAN: $32,114
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$7.65 - $14.88
(Median)
$7
$9
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$18,787 - $58,882  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$290.00  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,000  
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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$17,055 - $45,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$7.65 - $14.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83 - $7.72  
Overtime
$6.86 - $30.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $9,863  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,000  
Profit Sharing
$290.00  
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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$17,055 - $45,565  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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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., 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.

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.

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Experience Affects Stylist Salaries

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National Average
$25,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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