How Much Do Barbers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

Stan T.Career, Salary2 Comments

Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Barbers provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair; trimming beards; or giving shaves.

Becoming One
Post-secondary certificate
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth


Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$38050 per year
Hourly wage
$18 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$21,810 to $25,480 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$10 to $12 per hour

Entry-level Barbers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,810 to $25,480 per year or $10 to $12 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Barbers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $31 $63,450
Senior (Top 25%) $22 $46,400
Middle (Mid 50%) $16 $32,470
Junior (Bottom 25%) $12 $25,480
No experience (Bottom 10%) $10 $21,810

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $30 $61,790
MA $28 $58,550
MD $26 $54,800
IL $24 $50,550
OR $21 $44,580
OH $21 $42,920
MN $20 $42,630
NY $20 $41,160
KY $19 $40,490
NE $19 $40,360

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Barber is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Barbers are in the states of WA, MA, MD, IL and OR.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Personal Care Services $37900 $18.22
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $36870 $17.73
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $ $*
State Government $ $*

Explore Other Careers

Don’t know which career to pursue?

Take the career quiz to find careers that match your personality type. Take The Career Quiz

2 Comments on “How Much Do Barbers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)”

  1. Need to redo your numbers here Owlguru. I’m a barber in the state of OK, and make over $100,000 a year. Haircuts for men have gone up. Even on the lower end of things. This needs to be updated, or polling more barbers to get a correct estimate

    1. Hey Lauren,

      We get all our numbers direct from the government who does all the polls.

      You are right in regards to the haircuts of both men and women have gone up which would increase the salary for barbers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.