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Working As a Barber

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • $37,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Barber Do

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services.

Duties

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists typically do the following:

  • Inspect and analyze hair, skin, and scalp to recommend treatment
  • Discuss hairstyle options
  • Wash, color, lighten, and condition hair
  • Chemically change hair textures
  • Cut, dry, and style hair
  • Receive payments from clients
  • Clean and disinfect all tools and work areas

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists provide hair and beauty services to enhance clients’ appearance. Those who operate their own barbershop or salon have managerial duties that may include hiring, supervising, and firing workers, as well as keeping business and inventory records, ordering supplies, and arranging for advertising.

Barbers cut, trim, shampoo, and style hair, mostly for male clients. They also may fit hairpieces, perform facials, and offer facial shaving. Depending on the state in which they work, some barbers are licensed to color, bleach, and highlight hair and to offer permanent-wave services. Common tools include combs, scissors, straight razors, and clippers.

Hairdressers, or hairstylists, offer a wide range of hair services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling. They often advise clients, both male and female, on how to care for their hair at home. They also keep records of products and services provided to clients, such as hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment used. Tools include hairbrushes, scissors, blow dryers, and curling irons.

Cosmetologists provide scalp and facial treatments and makeup analysis. Some also clean and style wigs and hairpieces. In addition, most cosmetologists actively recommend professional hair care products or salon hair care products.

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How To Become A Barber

All states require barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved cosmetology program.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for some positions. In addition, every state requires that barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists complete a program in a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school. Programs in hairstyling, skin care, and other personal appearance services are available in postsecondary vocational schools.

Full-time programs in barbering and cosmetology usually last at least 9 months and may lead to an associate’s degree. Most of these workers take advanced courses in hairstyling or in other personal appearance services to keep up with the latest trends. Those who want to open their own business also may take courses in sales and marketing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must obtain a license in order to work. Qualifications for a license vary by state, but generally, a person must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Reached a minimum age of 16
  • Received a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Graduated from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school

After graduating from a state-approved training program, students take a state licensing exam that includes a written test and, in some cases, a practical test of styling skills or an oral exam.

In many states, cosmetology training may be credited toward a barbering license and vice versa, and a few states combine the two licenses. A fee usually is required to apply for a license, and periodic renewals may be necessary.

Some states have reciprocity agreements that allow licensed barbers and cosmetologists to get a license in another state without needing additional formal training or state board testing, but such agreements are not common. Consequently, people who want to work in a particular state should review the laws of that state before entering a training program.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must keep up with the latest trends and be ready to try new hairstyles for their clients.

Customer-service skills. Workers must be pleasant, friendly, and able to interact with customers in order to retain clients.

Listening skills. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists should be good listeners. They must listen carefully to what the client wants in order to make sure that the client is happy with the result.

Physical stamina. Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists must be able to stand on their feet for long periods.

Tidiness. Workers must keep a neat personal appearance and keep their work area clean and sanitary. This requirement is necessary for the health and safety of their clients and for making clients comfortable enough so that they will want to return. 

Time-management skills. Time-management skills are important in scheduling appointments and providing services. For example, routine haircuts do not require the precise timing of some other services, such as applying neutralizer after a permanent wave. Clients who receive timely hair care are more likely to return.

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Average Yearly Salary
$37,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
J. C. Penney
Highest Paying City
Monterey, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Barber make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Barber in the United States is $37,733 per year or $18 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $54,000.

Real Barber Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Barbers Rockaway Townsquare Barbers, Inc. Rockaway, NJ Jul 16, 2010 $31,451
Barber John Troncelliti Barber Shop PA May 19, 2015 $28,267
Barber Salon Simis LLC Fairfax, VA Apr 22, 2016 $26,832
Barber Raymond Francom DBA Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Jan 04, 2008 $26,541
Barber Raymond Francom DBA Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Dec 13, 2007 $26,541
Barber Raymond Francom (DBA) Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Oct 09, 2007 $26,541
Barber Raymond Francom (DBA) Ray's Barbershop Salt Lake City, UT Oct 10, 2007 $26,541
Barber Haircut 2000 Langley Park, MD May 29, 2009 $21,120
Barber Instructor ASM Beauty World Academy Inc. Davie, FL Apr 23, 2009 $20,244
Barber/Hairstylist Eva Lo Giudice DBA Commack Corners Hair Stylists Commack, NY Nov 12, 2010 $18,907
Barber Roberto's Barber Shop West Melbourne, FL May 04, 2009 $18,782

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Top Skills for A Barber

  1. Current Hair Styles
  2. Customer Service
  3. Scalp Treatments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cut and trimmed hair according to the client's instructions or current hair styles using the proper equipment.
  • Presided over staff training and coaching to ensure quality assurance and optimum customer service and satisfaction.
  • Performed razor shaves, scalp treatments, and shampoos.
  • Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
  • Promoted and sold salon services and products.Recommended home care hair regimens and treatments.

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Top 10 Best States for Barbers

  1. Alaska
  2. Ohio
  3. West Virginia
  4. Indiana
  5. Michigan
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Nevada
  8. Delaware
  9. Kentucky
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Barber Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 8,138 Barber resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Barber Demographics

Gender

Male

62.7%

Female

22.6%

Unknown

14.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

13.4%

Asian

5.3%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

85.5%

French

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Portuguese

1.7%

Russian

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Swahili

0.6%

Uzbek

0.6%

Japanese

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Lingala

0.6%

Thai

0.6%
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Barber Education

Schools

Empire Beauty School

12.5%

The Academy

12.3%

The Barber School

11.9%

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Hinds Community College

6.1%

Ohio State College of Barber Styling

4.7%

Moler Barber College

4.5%

College of Hair Design

3.4%

Winston Salem Barber School

3.4%

Atlanta Technical College

3.2%

Trend Barber College

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.0%

Regency Beauty Institute

2.8%

Rob Roy Academy

2.8%

Beauty Academy

2.8%

Jackson State University

2.6%

Texas Southern University

2.6%

Alabama State University

2.4%

Ashford University

2.4%

Paul Mitchell-The School

2.4%
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Majors

Cosmetology

46.7%

Business

16.7%

General Studies

4.6%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Education

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

Nursing

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Nursing Assistants

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Medical Assisting Services

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Health Care Administration

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Precision Metal Working

1.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

48.5%

Associate

12.3%

License

10.8%

Certificate

10.6%

Bachelors

9.7%

Diploma

4.6%

Masters

3.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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