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Career Profile: Barbers

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

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 53,000 people employed as barbers in the United States. The median annual salary is $32,500. Entry level employees earn approximately $21,810 per year and senior employees earn approximately $63,450 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Clean and sterilize scissors, combs, clippers, and other instruments.
  • Drape and pin protective cloths around customers' shoulders.
  • Provide skin care and nail treatments.
  • Keep card files on clientele, recording notes of work done, products used and fees charged after each visit.
  • Curl, color, or straighten hair, using special chemical solutions and equipment.
  • Provide face, neck, and scalp massages.
  • Measure, fit, and groom hairpieces.
  • Identify hair problems, using microscopes and testing devices, or by sending clients' hair samples out to independent laboratories for analysis.
  • Cut and trim hair according to clients' instructions or current hairstyles, using clippers, combs, hand-held blow driers, and scissors.
  • Question patrons regarding desired services and haircut styles.
  • Clean work stations and sweep floors.
  • Apply lather and shave beards or neck and temple hair contours, using razors.
  • Record services provided on cashiers' tickets or receive payment from customers.
  • Perform clerical and administrative duties such as keeping records, paying bills, and hiring and supervising personnel.
  • Stay informed of the latest styles and hair care techniques.
  • Suggest treatments to alleviate hair problems.
  • Order supplies.
  • Shampoo hair.
  • Recommend and sell lotions, tonics, or other cosmetic supplies.
  • Shape and trim beards and moustaches, using scissors.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
53,000
Annual Openings:
6,400
Increase in Openings by 2030:
18%
Annual Salary Range:
$21,810 - $63,450
Education Requirements:
Some college