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How Much Does a Hair Stylist Earn In The United States?

Hair Stylist Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
$28,000
$35,000
$43,000
The average hair stylist makes about $35,526 per year. That's $17.08 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $28,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $43,000. Many of hair stylists seem to be drawn to retail and hospitality companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case hair stylists tend to work at professional, retail, and hospitality companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Idaho, Maine and Washington pay hair stylists the highest salaries.
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Where Hair Stylists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where hair stylists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Hair Stylists Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a hair stylist is roughly $35,526 per year, which boils down to $17.08 per hour. Interestingly enough, hair stylists have the highest salaries in Washington, DC at about $47,835 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Washington, DC is $35,000. Additionally, hair stylists make more than the average salary in Seattle, WA, Milford, MA, Corvallis, OR, Greeley, CO, and Alpharetta, GA. On a more broad level, hair stylist salaries are highest in Idaho, Maine, Washington, New Jersey, Hawaii, Delaware, and Wyoming. On the contrary, Kentucky, Alabama, and New Mexico offer the lowest hair stylist salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Washington, DC

Salary Range40k - 56k$48k$47,835

Seattle, WA

Salary Range39k - 48k$44k$43,539

Milford, MA

Salary Range34k - 45k$39k$39,481

Corvallis, OR

Salary Range34k - 44k$39k$38,962

Greeley, CO

Salary Range33k - 44k$38k$38,483

Alpharetta, GA

Salary Range32k - 44k$38k$37,648

Austin, MN

Salary Range32k - 42k$37k$37,253

New York, NY

Salary Range30k - 42k$36k$36,137

Billings, MT

Salary Range32k - 39k$36k$35,829

Chesapeake, VA

Salary Range30k - 42k$36k$35,765
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$56k

High Paying Hair Stylist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Hair Stylists The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like J. C. Penney and Northside Christian Academy as they offer the highest salaries for hair stylists.
Company
Company
Average Salary
J. C. Penney
Salary Range37k - 44k$41k$40,756
Northside Christian Academy
Salary Range32k - 39k$36k$35,529
The Peachtree Companies
Salary Range30k - 38k$34k$34,204
Planet Fitness
Salary Range30k - 38k$34k$34,163
Publix
Salary Range31k - 36k$34k$33,954
Parkway
Salary Range29k - 35k$32k$32,485
Ratner Companies
Salary Range28k - 35k$32k$32,260
Mark Twain Landing
Salary Range28k - 35k$32k$32,013
Griffin
Salary Range27k - 35k$31k$31,103
Life Fitness
Salary Range27k - 34k$31k$31,089
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$44k

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    How Experience Affects Hair Stylist Salaries

    The salary for a hair stylist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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