Barber Salary

As of 2022, barbers earned an average annual salary of $39,350 ($18.92 per hour). The pay ranges from $22,880 to $60,910 per year. Nationwide, the field is expected to grow by 8% between 2021 and 2031.

While personal care services like barber shops employ the most barbers at a mean salary of $39,110 ($18.80 per hour), this isn't the highest paying field for them. The top two for pay are:

  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals: $52,420 ($25.20 per hour)
  • Technical and Trade Schools: $49,470 ($23.78 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 2022 Hourly Pay 2022 Salary 2021-31 Growth
Alabama $13.41 $27,980 11%
Alaska Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Arizona $20.80 $43,260 33%
Arkansas Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
California $22.17 $46,120 50%
Colorado $18.82 $39,150 24%
Connecticut $20.00 $41,590 31%
Delaware Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
District of Columbia $40.43 $84,100 Unavailable
Florida $16.24 $33,780 23%
Georgia $15.24 $31,700 25%
Hawaii Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Idaho Unavailable Unavailable 17%
Illinois Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Indiana $15.44 $32,120 18%
Iowa $20.07 $41,750 19%
Kansas Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Kentucky $17.82 $37,070 10%
Louisiana $19.60 $40,780 3%
Maine Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Maryland $17.03 $35,410 Unavailable
Massachusetts $15.30 $31,830 Unavailable
Michigan Unavailable Unavailable 10%
Minnesota Unavailable Unavailable 21%
Mississippi $9.38 $19,510 Unavailable
Missouri $20.84 $43,340 10%
Montana Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Nebraska $17.83 $37,080 4%
Nevada Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
New Hampshire Unavailable Unavailable 11%
New Jersey $20.58 $42,800 27%
New Mexico Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
New York $18.27 $38,000 17%
North Carolina $20.59 $42,830 9%
North Dakota $16.62 $34,570 18%
Ohio Unavailable $Unavailable Unavailable
Oklahoma Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Oregon $15.08 $31,360 Unavailable
Pennsylvania $17.36 $36,120 22%
Rhode Island Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
South Carolina $15.87 $33,010 Unavailable
South Dakota $18.62 $38,730 Unavailable
Tennessee $13.76 $37,330 Unavailable
Texas $17.95 $37,330 25%
Utah $14.38 $29,910 41%
Vermont Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable
Virginia $17.91 $37,250 13%
Washington $30.36 $63,140 17%
West Virginia $17.43 $36,250 Unavailable
Wisconsin $13.76 $36,250 Unavailable
Wyoming Unavailable Unavailable Unavailable

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

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 2022 Hourly Pay 2022 Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA $23.48 $48,830
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA $21.98 $45.710
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA $21.59 $44,910
St. Louis, MO-IL $20.88 $43,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ $20.69 $43,040
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA $20.35 $42,230
Columbus, GA-AL $20.32 $42,260
Kansas City, MO-KS $20.01 $39,260
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO $18.88 $39,260
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX $18.66 $38,820

Anticipated growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2023)

How Are Barbers Paid?

Barbers are paid differently based on how they're employed. Some work for employers, while others are self-employed.

If you work at a barbershop or salon, you'll likely be paid by the hour, though some barbers are salaried. Tips are common in this type of work, particularly if you receive hourly pay.

When it comes to working in other facilities, like trade schools or mental health facilities, salaries may be more common—though hourly isn't unheard of.

In those types of environments, the employers generally bring clients to you and set 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 more unpredictable. 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—meaning you may open yourself to new patrons.

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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