Hairstylist Salary

Women comprise the majority of Hairstylists in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.47 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. About a sixth receive medical and dental insurance and less than one-tenth get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$14,047 - $54,522
$14K
$29K
$55K
MEDIAN: $29,077
10%
50%
90%

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$7.66 - $14.24
$7
$9
$14
MEDIAN: $9.56
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50%
90%

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$0$54K
Salary $14,047 - $54,522
Bonus $-0.50 - $3,945
Profit Sharing $18,250
Commission $0.00 - $10,256
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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$16,473 - $49,216
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 211
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $7.66 - $14.24
Hourly Tips $1.26 - $8.42
Overtime $1.80 - $48.48
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $-0.50 - $3,945
Commission $0.00 - $10,256
Profit Sharing $18,250
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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$16,473 - $49,216
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 302

Job Description for Hairstylist

A hair stylist works in a salon to create a variety of looks for the hair of his or her clients. A good hair stylist must balance his or her creative vision with the needs of the customer. A hair stylist must have relevant training and certification; there are numerous vocational training and secondary education facilities that train prospective stylists.

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Hairstylist 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 Hairstylist


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It's not very common for Hairstylists to move on to become Cosmetology Instructors. Average pay for a Cosmetology Instructor is $33K annually. Hairstylists most often move into positions as Salon Managers or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

Hairstylist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Hairstylist


Dominating the field, Great Clips, Inc., Supercuts Hair Salon, Regis Salons, Regis Corporation, and Self-Employed are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Hairstylists. Self-Employed leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $40K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sport Clips, Inc., Great Clips, Inc., and Fantastic Sams Hair Salons, where Hairstylists typically earn around $25K, $24K, or $24K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include ULTA Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. at $16K, Smartstyle at $17K, and Regis Corporation, where $18K is the norm.

Pay by Experience Level for Hairstylist

Pay by Experience for a Hairstylist has a positive trend. An entry-level Hairstylist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 178 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hairstylist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 135 salaries. An experienced Hairstylist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 150 salaries. A Hairstylist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 109 salaries.

Hairstylist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Hairstylist?

Hairstylist in Nashville:
"Stress level."
Pros: I love everyone I work with and the clientele. Management is amazing.
Cons: Under staffed, the way we are paid. It's really hard to commission even if you are doing your best.

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Key Stats for Hairstylist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Experience Affects Hairstylist Salaries

▲8%

Experienced
▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$25,000

▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 82%