Barbers are primarily responsible for cutting men's hair and providing other grooming services, such as shaving. Every state requires barbers to be certified before they can provide their services, and master barbers are those with the most experience in the industry. Barber salaries vary widely depending on different factors.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the approximately 10,550 barbers in the country in 2009 earned an average salary of £8.60 per hour, or £17,972 a year. The middle 50 per cent of barbers made about £7.50 per hour, or £15,704 a year, while those in the top 25th percentile made an average of £9.80 per hour, or £20,462 a year. Barbers in the top 10th percentile made an average of £13.30 per hour, or £27,696 a year.
Barber salaries differ depending on the industry in which the barber works, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry sector with the highest average barber salaries in 2009 was "local government," where barbers earned an average wage of £11.3 per hour, or £23,686 a year. Barbers working in the second highest-paying sector, "psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals," had the next highest average salary, earning about £9.80 per hour, or £20,390 a year.
Highest Salary by State
The five states with the highest average salaries for barbers in 2009 were North Carolina, Hawaii, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Barbers in North Carolina had an average salary of £10.80 per hour, or £22,555 a year, while those in Hawaii were not far behind, earning an average of £10.50 per hour, or £21,885 a year. The average salary for barbers in New Jersey, on the other hand, was about £9.10 per hour, or £18,973 a year.
Metro Area Differences
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that barbers in the Austin, Texas, metropolitan area had the highest average salaries for any city in 2009, earning an average wage of £10.60 an hour, or £22,210 a year. Those in Honolulu had the next highest salary, making about £10.60 per hour, or £22,119 a year. The metro area with the fifth-highest average salary for barbers, Philadelphia, paid an average of £9.10 per hour, or £19,103 a year.