When I searched this topic I’ve found that there are over 64,500,000 searches on this topic. That tells me that people want to know the truth. But the truth of the matter is that the numbers that are reported on the U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics are highly inaccurate. As of May 2018, it was reported that Barbers median hourly average wage was $13.44 per hour and a Hairstylist’s / Cosmetologist’s median average hourly was  $11.89 per hour. The Bureau Of Labor Statistics can only report what we as Stylist tell them. I would say that something is wrong with this picture.

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When this happens, it causes our industry to be viewed as one of the lower paying industries which in turn gets the worst reviews as a career choice for people who are considering making this a career. Professionals in this industry have two major flows of income.

I did a little research to see what Barbers average yearly income was in contrast to Hairstylist and Hair Colorist. Below are my findings.

  1. According to Indeed.com Barbers are averaging $44,794 per year.
  2. According to Glassdoor.com, Hairstylist averages $30,76
  3. According to PayScale.com Hair Colorist averages $38,400 per year.

These numbers are highly skewed which explains how incomes are being reported. I would say that Barbers got it figured out. They understand how reporting all income is beneficial to the industry. Not to mention your purchasing power! Hence the more you make on paper the more you can acquire. So if you’re underreporting you’re doing yourself as well as our industry an injustice. I encourage you to try to “do the right thing” because it is the law. Check out the gentrification of the Barber Shop below.


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