How Much do Barbers Make?

Do barbers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for barbers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, barbers in the United States earn an average of $35,190 a year, equivalent to $16.92 an hour. Barbers make 34% less than the average American worker.

Barbers in Maryland are the best paid, making $57,500 a year, while barbers in Nevada make the least at $24,810.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Barber Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $27.23 $56,630
75th $20.29 $42,210
50th $14.50 $30,150
25th $11.48 $23,880
10th $9.76 $20,300
Barber Wages by State

In what states do barbers make the most? In what states do barbers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $18.88 $39,280
Arizona $12.83 $26,680
Arkansas $14.35 $29,850
California $19.25 $40,050
Colorado $15.88 $33,040
Connecticut $14.64 $30,440
Florida $14.02 $29,150
Georgia $12.65 $26,310
Illinois $14.24 $29,630
Indiana $14.71 $30,590
Iowa $15.05 $31,300
Kansas $15.00 $31,200
Kentucky $18.48 $38,430
Louisiana $15.05 $31,310
Maine $17.26 $35,900
Maryland $27.64 $57,500
Massachusetts $26.63 $55,390
Michigan $14.09 $29,300
Minnesota $20.38 $42,380
Missouri $12.39 $25,780
Nebraska $25.91 $53,890
Nevada $11.93 $24,810
New Jersey $20.46 $42,550
New York $16.15 $33,580
North Carolina $16.03 $33,340
Ohio $18.45 $38,380
Oregon $20.72 $43,100
Pennsylvania $14.39 $29,930
Tennessee $24.42 $50,790
Texas $16.43 $34,170
Utah $12.75 $26,520
Virginia $15.91 $33,090
Washington $27.46 $57,120
West Virginia $12.76 $26,540
Wisconsin $17.51 $36,410
Metro Areas Where Barbers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Seattle, WA $31.52 $65,550
Boston, MA $26.46 $55,030
San Francisco, CA $25.45 $52,940
Washington, DC $24.12 $50,180
Louisville, KY $20.99 $43,660
Minneapolis, MN $20.47 $42,580
Portland, OR $20.00 $41,600
Austin, TX $19.85 $41,280
Los Angeles, CA $18.18 $37,820
Baltimore, MD $17.13 $35,640
Barber Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $16.92 $35,190
2018 $15.97 $33,220
2017 $14.65 $30,480
2016 $14.38 $29,900
2015 $14.01 $29,140
2014 $13.67 $28,430
2013 $13.32 $27,710
2012 $13.23 $27,520
2011 $13.49 $28,050