How Much Money Does a Hair Stylist Make in New York?


Like all other states, New York requires hair stylists to be licensed. To do so, a candidate must complete a state-approved training program lasting 1,000 hours and pass a state written and practical examination. Although New York may accept equivalent training from another state, the exams are still required. The candidate must have a physical exam before the state will issue a license. New York hair stylists generally make more money than these workers do on average nationwide.


  • Hair stylists in New York state had an average pay rate of $14.47 per hour as of May 2009, or $30,100 per year. That was about 10 percent higher than the nationwide average for this occupation of $13.02 per hour. The BLS includes tips in its salary estimates for this occupation. The agency does not, however, include self-employed workers.

Salary Range

  • The middle 50 percent of hair stylists in New York were earning $9.19 to $16.60 per hour in 2009, or $19,110 to $34,540 per year. The bottom 10 percent had hourly pay rates of $7.83 or less. The top 10 percent were making $23.07 per hour and higher, or $47,990 per year and more.

New York City Area

  • Average salaries for hair stylists in New York state were highest in the New York City area. In the metro area, which the BLS defines as the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island region, the average salary for hair stylists was $15.16 per hour, and it was $16.12 per hour in the region defined as the New York-White Plains-Wayne metro division of New York and New Jersey. Nationwide, the middle 50 percent of hair stylists were earning $8.79 to $15.12 per hour, ranking both these metro areas in the top 25 percent nationwide.

Statewide Averages

  • The highest average pay rates for hair stylists in other parts of New York state were $13.56 per hour in Ithaca and $13.30 in the central nonmetropolitan area of the state. The lowest pay rates were in Elmira, where hair stylists were making $9.98 per hour on average, in Binghamton at $10.13 and in the southwest nonmetropolitan area at $10.17. Hair stylists in other areas of New York had average salaries ranging from about $11 to $12.60 per hour.

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