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Stylist Salary

Most Stylists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $8.80 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.31 per hour and $15.46. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than a fifth collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$14,363 - $72,317
(Median)
$14K
$30K
$72K
MEDIAN: $30,000
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$7.31 - $15.46
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $8.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$14,363 - $72,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,830  
Commission
$0.00 - $51,289  
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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$15,565 - $53,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.31 - $15.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.88 - $6.03  
Overtime
$0.24 - $26.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,830  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $51,289  
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).
)
$15,565 - $53,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $23K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $24K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Stylists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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.

Experience Affects Stylist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

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 29 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 33% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 67%