The US Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't isolate hairstylist pay, but it indicates an annual average salary of $27,530 for the combination of hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists. The top 10 percent earned at or above $44,220 per year. The bottom 10 percent made at or below $17,010.
Stylists in health and personal care stores had the highest average income at $33,850 per year, according to the BLS. The District of Columbia was the highest-paying state or territory, with an average annual salary of $43,830. Hawaii was next at $36,080 per year. Delaware had the third-highest state income average at $35,690.