Average Cosmetologist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Cosmetologist is $9.95.
MEDIAN $9.95
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $19
$10 - $4,913
Profit Sharing
$1,474 - $12,208
$0 - $10,229
Total Pay
$17,294 - $47,274

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Job Description for Cosmetologist

Cosmetologist Tasks
  • Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.
  • Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
  • Maintain and clean work areas and tools.

Job Satisfaction for Cosmetologist

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
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.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Cosmetologist. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Cosmetology Instructor
Registered Nurse (RN)
Medical Assistant
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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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.
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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