Hairdressers aren’t typically salaried employees. The majority are self-employed and many work part time. The BLS reports the median hourly wage for hairdressers in 2012 was $10.91, which translates to $22,700 a year. The best-paid earned approximately $42,360, while the worst-paid made just less than $17,000. If you’re looking to make styling a lucrative profession, consider working in Brockton, Mass., or Seattle, where hairdressers earned more than $37,000 in 2012. Also keep in mind that cosmetologists working in the entertainment industry earned top salaries ranging from $56,000 to $65,000, which was the highest of all sectors.
Average Hairdresser Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs
Hairdresser is one of the occupations in the social services industry in which workers earn tips. Still, they’re one of the lowest-paid professions on our list. In 2012, hairdressers had an average salary of $26,790, which is comparable to the average salaries of janitors ($24,850) and taxi drivers ($25,140). Other jobs where the workers earn tips, such as bartender ($21,630), waiter and waitress ($20,710) and nail technician ($21,440), are usually lower-paying. If you’re looking for a higher-paying social services job that includes an element of customer service, consider becoming a recreation and fitness worker. Within this vast occupation, fitness trainers and aerobics instructors made an average salary of $36,900.
|Recreation and Fitness Worker||$31,720.00|
|Landscaper and Groundskeeper||$23,570.00|
Best Paying Cities for Hairdressers
The highest paid in the hairdresser profession work in the metropolitan areas of Brockton, Mass., Seattle, and Fairbanks, Alaska. The San Francisco area also pays well, as does the city of Honolulu.
Average Salary: $37,980 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a hairdresser working in Brockton, Mass. is $37,980, which is $15,280 more than the average pay in the profession.
Average Salary: $37,850 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a hairdresser working in Seattle is $37,850, which is $15,150 more than the average pay in the profession.
Average Salary: $37,820 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a hairdresser working in Fairbanks, Alaska is $37,820, which is $15,120 more than the average pay in the profession.
Average Salary: $37,460 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a hairdresser working in San Francisco is $37,460, which is $14,760 more than the average pay in the profession.
Average Salary: $37,120 | See Job Openings
The annual median wage of a hairdresser working in Honolulu is $37,120, which is $14,420 more than the average pay in the profession.
Last updated by Jada A. Graves.