Hairdressers in the United States collect a mean salary of $29,590, while those in Canada earn C$28,200 ($22,294 USD) on a median basis. In the United Kingdom, the mean pay is approximately £16,000 ($20,962 USD). The mean is AU$44,199 ($34,584 USD) for hairdressers in Australia, CHF52,879 ($54,902 USD) for those in Switzerland. In Norway, a hairdresser salary is around NOK346,800 ($42,380 USD).
Hairdresser Salary Influencers
Learn below how the nature of the hairdressing industry, country of work and experience drive the pay of hair dressers. As an often retail-driven occupation, hair dressers can better their pay prospects with more customers and repeat business. This influences where, when and how long hairdressers may choose to work.
The hairdressing occupation includes significant portions of self-employed professionals. Nearly one out of two hairdressers in the United States were self-employed in 2014. In Canada, that ratio is three out of five.
Among these workers, pay depends on the number of clients served and fees for services generated. Hair dressers employed in an independent or chain of salons and barbershops earn wages and tips.
Location plays a significant role in the revenues generated by salons and barbershops. Hairdressers, especially those in the self-employed ranks, can earn more in shopping centers or along major retail thoroughfares in urban areas.
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Hairdresser Salary in the US
The mean salary for “Hair Dressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists” in the United States stands at $29,590. The top ten percent of salaries rise above $49,050, with the median resting at $24,260.
Hairdresser Salary in Canada
In Canada, hairdressers achieve a median annual salary of C$28,200. Total pay runs from C$22,279 to C$48,869.
Hairdresser Salary in the UK
The mean pay for hairdressers in the United Kingdom is £16,000 per year. Earnings for hairdressers in the United Kingdom run between £14,000 and at least £30,000.
Hairdresser Salary in Australia
In Australia, hairdressers earn a mean pay of AU$44,199. According to PayScale, they made between AU$36,208 and AU$54,759.
Hairdresser Salary in Switzerland
According to SalaryExpert, the mean salary is CHF52,879 for hairdressers in Switzerland.
Hairdresser Salary in Norway
Hairdressers in Norway earn NOK28,900 monthly, according to Statistics Norway. On an annual basis, the pay amounts to NOK346,800.
Hairdressers in the United States start at a median pay of $22,000. With five years of experience, median earnings spike dramatically to $32,000. Thereafter, the median decreases slightly and remains level. Even after 20 years on the job, a hairdresser’s median pay is only $31,000.
For entry-level hair dressers in Canada, the median stands at C$27,000. The median comes to and remains at C$30,000 for those who reach five and ten years of experience. Upon logging more than 20 years, hairdressers earn C$35,000 on a median basis.
New hairdressers in the United Kingdom can expect to earn £14,000 on average. Pay for “Experienced” hairdressers ranges from £14,000 to £24,000. For “Highly Experienced” professionals, earnings can exceed £30,000. Hairdressers in training likely will receive a minimum wage which ranges from £4.05 per hour to £7.50 per hour, based on the age of the trainee.
In Australia, entry-level median salaries rest at AU$42,000. At the ten-year experience level, the median ascends only to AU$45,000. Hairdressers with more than 20 years of experience fetch a median figure of AU$47,000.
Entry-level hairdressers in Australia make CHF40,073 on a mean basis. For those with at least eight years of experience, the mean is CHF60,994.
Both full-time and part-time professionals occupy the hairdresser field. Those who own their own establishments or are otherwise self-employed tend to work full-time to serve as many clients as possible. Some self-employed hairdressers rely work part-time to supplement their income from another job. Many retail chains may employ hair dressers on a part-time basis.
Many hairdressers, including self-employed ones, operate evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of clients. Traffic at beauty salons and barber shops usually peak on weekends, when clients have free time for hair cuts or styling as well as shopping and other errands. Longer hours may prevail in wedding and prom seasons, where demand for hair dressing also runs high.
Roughly 31 percent of hairdressers and barbers in Canada work part-time hours. In Australia, 55.7 percent of hair dressers are full-time employees. Among these workers, the average work week lasts 38.8 hours.
Bonuses & Benefit Packages
Generally, hairdressers earn bonuses, tips and commissions as part of or in addition to their salaries.
Hairdressers in the United States enjoy a mean bonus of $1,063, with commissions reaching as high as $10,369. Commissions for hairdressers in Canada climbed to as high as C$26,425. In the United Kingdom, hairdressers can expect commissions up to £1,200 and bonuses as high as £1,575.
In Australia, mean bonuses register at AU$325.00. Hairdressers in the country fetch up to AU$4,865 in commissions. The mean bonus is CHF6,314 for those in Switzerland. In Norway, the figure is NOK1,100 per month, or NOK13,200 per year.
Aspiring hairdressers should find solid prospects for employment overall. Demand will come from a growing population and from increased customer wants for hair coloring and treatments.
The United States should have 655,600 “Hairdressers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists by 2024. This represents a ten percent jump in employment, or 58,400 additional jobs, from 2014.
Canada should experience 26,300 job openings among hair stylists and barbers by 2024, with 24,700 seekers for those positions.
In Australia, 61,400 workers populated the hairdresser field in November 2015. The government’s Job Outlook projects between 25,001 and 50,000 openings by November 2019.
For hairdressers, especially self-employed ones, pay prospects rise with the number of clients served. This means working full-time and during evenings and weekends and in high-population or high-traffic areas. Those who seek to supplement income may find part-time work more fitting. Numerous employers of hairdressers offer part-time positions.