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Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$45,830
75th Percentile Wage
$32,270
50th Percentile Wage
$23,200
25th Percentile Wage
$18,700
10th Percentile Wage
$17,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists is $45,830. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,200. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,170. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 166% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists
$23,200
Barbers
$25,410
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
$23,120
Miscellaneous Personal Appearance Workers
$20,830
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
$44,310
Manicurists and Pedicurists
$19,620
Shampooers
$18,760

Table 3. Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $37,390. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $19,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,390
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,880
Federal, State, and Local Government
$32,220
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,040
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,680
Retail Trade
$23,630
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,140
Educational Services
$22,870
Wholesale Trade
$22,500
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$19,190

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