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.
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.
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.