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Average Cosmetologist Hourly Pay

$10.28
Avg. Hourly RateShow Salary
$497
Bonus
$400
Commission
$3,000
Profit Sharing
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The average hourly pay for a Cosmetologist is $10.28.
10%
$8.04
MEDIAN
$10.28
90%
$19.90
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Hourly Rate
$8 - $20
Bonus
$8 - $9,887
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $20,000
Commission
$10 - $10,234
Total Pay
$17,590 - $50,317
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What Do Cosmetologists Do?

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

3.7 out of 5
(168)
Highly Satisfied
15Reviews
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 $25.03. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Hair Cuttery and ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc., earning around $11.47 and $10.00, respectively. Regis Corporation pays the lowest at around $8.27. Supercuts Hair Salon and Great Clips, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $9.30 and $9.80, respectively.

Career Paths

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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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What is the Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetologists?

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 $9.22 based on 50 salaries. An early career Cosmetologist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $9.88 based on 396 salaries. A mid-career Cosmetologist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.11 based on 206 salaries. An experienced Cosmetologist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $11.44 based on 232 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $12.
Employees with Cosmetologist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 36.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Miami, Florida (9.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Columbus, Ohio (14.7% less), Killeen, Texas (12.5% less) and Houston, Texas (3.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,070 survey responses.
Entry Level
4.7%
Early Career
37.0%
Mid Career
19.3%
Experienced
21.7%
Late Career
17.4%