Barber Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that, as of 2023, barbers earned an average annual salary of $41,570 ($19.99 per hour). It also reports a pay range of $26,770 to $61,090 per year. Nationwide, the field is expected to grow by 7% between 2022 and 2032.

While personal care services like barber shops employ the most barbers at a mean salary of $40,540 ($19.49 per hour), this isn't the highest paid field for them. The top two for pay are:

  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals: $54,770 ($26.33 per hour)
  • Technical and Trade Schools: $51,620 ($24.82 per hour)

Some barbers are employed by the government or skilled nursing facilities, but typical salaries are unavailable for those types of work.

In technical and trade schools, barbers are likely employed as instructors.

This article will tell you about the average pay and anticipated job growth (when available) for barbers throughout the United States, the highest paying metropolitan areas, how barbers are paid, and how to increase your pay.

Barber Average Pay by State: At a Glance

Barbers are paid differently based on location due to factors like cost of living and states' minimum wages.

How Much Do Barbers Make in Each State?

State 2023 Hourly Pay 2022 Salary 2020 – 30 Growth
Alabama $12.87 $26,770 11%
Alaska Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Arizona $15.79 $32,840 33%
Arkansas $17.01 $35,390 Unavailable
California $19.27 $40,080 50%
Colorado $19.20 $39,930 24%
Connecticut $21.62 $44,970 31%
Delaware Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
District of Columbia $43.18 $89,810 Unavailable
Florida $19.67 $40,910 23%
Georgia $17.99 $37,410 25%
Hawaii $14.14 $29,410 Unavailable
Idaho Unavailable Unavailable 17%
Illinois $19.33 $40,200 Unavailable
Indiana $20.43 $42,500 18%
Iowa $21.68 $45,090 19%
Kansas Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Kentucky $17.65 $36,710 10%
Louisiana $22.58 $46,960 3%
Maine Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Maryland $16.78 $34,8290 Unavailable
Massachusetts Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Michigan Unavailable Unavailable 10%
Minnesota Unavailable Unavailable 21%
Mississippi $10.99 $22,860 Unavailable
Missouri $20.50 $42,650 10%
Montana Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Nebraska $19.55 $40,660 4%
Nevada Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
New Hampshire Unavailable Unavailable 11%
New Jersey $19.47 $40,510 27%
New Mexico Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
New York $23.20 $49,700 17%
North Carolina $19.42 $40,400 9%
North Dakota $17.60 $36,600 18%
Ohio Unavailable $Unavailable Unavailable
Oklahoma $11.71 $24,360 Unavailable
Oregon Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Pennsylvania $18.10 $37.650 22%
Rhode Island Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
South Carolina $16.49 $34,300 Unavailable
South Dakota Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Tennessee $16.04 $33,360 Unavailable
Texas $21.21 $44,120 25%
Utah $14.26 $29,660 41%
Vermont Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Virginia $22.71 $47,240 13%
Washington $29.73 $61,830 17%
West Virginia $17.92 $37,270 Unavailable
Wisconsin $17.33 $36,050 Unavailable
Wyoming Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable

Mean salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2023)
Anticipated growth data from CareerOneStop (2024)

Barber Salary Near You

If you want to learn more about how barbers are trained and paid in your state, check out the table below for more information.

Best Cities for Barber Salaries

Below is a list of the highest-paying metropolitan areas for barbers. When viewing the list, it's important to remember your area's cost of living plays a role in pay.

Best Areas for Barber Salaries

Metropolitan Area 2023 Hourly Pay 2023 Salary
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA $30.30 $63,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV $29.03 $60,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA $23.87 $49,650
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX $22.54 $46,890
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA $22.30 $46,390
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN $21.71 $45,150
Kansas City, MO-KS $21.63 $45,000
Tyler, TX $21.54 $44,810
St. Louis, MO $21.36 $44,420
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA $20.49 $42,630

Anticipated growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2024)

How Are Barbers Paid?

Barber pay methods are largely based on whether you work for someone else or for yourself.

If you work at a barbershop or salon, you'll likely be paid by the hour (though salaries aren't unheard of). Chances are you'll also be allowed to take tips.

When it comes to working in other facilities, like trade schools or mental health facilities, whether you're hourly or salaried depends on your specific job and workplace.

When you work for someone else, your employer generally brings clients to you and sets your hours. This may be the path for you if you like stability in paychecks and, typically, a level of predictability in work hours.

Self-employed barbers may run their own shops, rent a space in someone else's shop, or perform house calls. When you're self-employed, you have more control over your hours and the types of clients you see, though your paychecks can be less predictable. You need to learn to market yourself to bring in more business and ensure you do your self-employment taxes correctly.

How to Improve Your Barber Salary

First and foremost, one of the best ways to raise your barber salary is through continuing education classes. Some states, like Ohio, require continuing education for you to maintain your barber license. While others may not, chances are you can find a workshop covering a skill you want to master. The more skills you have, the more you can offer clients.

In addition to continuing education, consider earning a second license. People who serve as both barbers and cosmetologists are common. Being able to do both could raise your pay and number of clients.

Generally, if you already work as a barber and want to add a cosmetology license (or vice versa), you can participate in a crossover program. This type of training allows you to earn your new license in less time and often at a lower cost than a full program.

You could also pursue an additional license other than cosmetology, such as an esthetician license. However, crossover programs are less common between barbering and non-cosmetology beauty fields. This means you may need to undergo most or all of the coursework and training hours required for the new license.

If you're considering working as a barber in mental health services but aren't sure if you have the temperament, consider volunteering your services for organizations providing beauty services for homeless individuals. This type of volunteerism may boost your resume even if you don't opt to work in psychiatric or substance abuse facilities and help you prove your dedication if you choose to go that route.

In addition to keeping your resume updated with your continuing education and volunteerism experience, maintain a portfolio of your work. A thorough portfolio may help you land a new job if you're searching for higher-paying employment.

As with most industries, the longer you work, the higher your pay may be. Time working in the field often factors into opportunities for raises and is usually one thing potential employers look at.

You could also find unique ways to earn additional money during your off-hours, from doing tasks unrelated to your job like dog walking to creating paid online tutorials for people who want to learn how to best maintain their hair between appointments.

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