The average hourly pay for a Cosmetologist is $9.95.
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$8 - $19
$10 - $4,913
$1,474 - $12,208
$0 - $10,229
$17,294 - $47,274
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Job Description for Cosmetologist
Cosmetologists specialize in styling hair and applying makeup to customers. As such, they have in-depth knowledge of a wide range of styles and how to recreate styles that customers may specify from photographs. They may also wash hair for customers before any cutting or styling is done. A high school diploma and graduation and certification from an accredited school of cosmetology are required for this position. Attention to detail is essential, as cosmetologists are expected to produce outsta…Read more
- 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 Cosmetologist
The top respondents for the job title Cosmetologist are from the companies Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon and Regis Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Self-Employed where the average pay is $24.49. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. and Cost Cutters, earning around $10.00 and $9.76, respectively. Regis Corporation pays the lowest at around $8.03. Supercuts Hair Salon and Great Clips, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.02 and $9.12, respectively.
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Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetologist
An entry-level Cosmetologist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $9.14 based on 60 salaries. An early career Cosmetologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.63 based on 582 salaries. A mid-career Cosmetologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $10.21 based on 269 salaries. An experienced Cosmetologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.09 based on 302 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $11.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Cosmetologist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 22.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Dallas, Texas (2.5% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (0.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbus, Ohio (13.5% less), Killeen, Texas (9.5% less) and Charlotte, North Carolina (7.1% less).
Years of Experience
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