Hair Stylist Salary

Hair Stylists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.69 per hour for pay. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A little less than one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-eighth collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$13,997 - $59,205
$14K
$27K
$59K
MEDIAN: $27,046
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$7.57 - $15.50
$7
$9
$16
MEDIAN: $9.72
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$0$59K
Salary $13,997 - $59,205
Bonus $242.40 - $5,152
Commission $0.00 - $10,500
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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$16,148 - $51,606
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 285
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $7.57 - $15.50
Hourly Tips $1.26 - $8.00
Overtime $15.71
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $242.40 - $5,152
Commission $0.00 - $10,500
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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$16,148 - $51,606
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 386

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Job Description for Hair Stylist

A hair stylist works in a salon or studio environment, cutting and styling clients' hair. This position typically requires previous education or training in the field through opportunities such as cosmetology or beauty school. Many employers require certification or licensure for hair stylists.

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Hair Stylist 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.

Common Career Paths for Hair Stylist


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For Hair Stylists, progressing to a Cosmetology Instructor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Cosmetology Instructor can earn $33K annually. Becoming a Salon Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Hair Stylists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $31K. Another frequent advance is for Hair Stylists to assume a Hairstylist role; in this role, workers often earn $25K.

Hair Stylist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Hair Stylist


Many Hair Stylists can be found at Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Sport Clips, Inc., Regis Corporation, and Regis Salons, firms that are at the top of the field. Those at ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $34K. Also paying near the top of the field are Sport Clips, Inc. at $31K, Self-Employed at $29K, and Great Clips, Inc., where Hair Stylists annually earn $27K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Regis Corporation at $21K, and Supercuts Hair Salon where $22K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Hair Stylists there earn up to $38K.

Pay by Experience Level for Hair Stylist

Pay by Experience for a Hair Stylist has a positive trend. An entry-level Hair Stylist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 313 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hair Stylist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 195 salaries. An experienced Hair Stylist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 194 salaries. A Hair Stylist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 106 salaries.

Hair Stylist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Hair Stylist?

Hair Stylist in Reno:
Pros: My clientele.
Cons: Poor pay, not so easy to hit commision mark.

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Key Stats for Hair Stylist

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

Late-Career
▲16%

Experienced
▲13%

▲9%

National Average
$26,000

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 19%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 78%
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