Hairdressers cut, style, colour, straighten and permanently wave hair, and treat hair and scalp conditions.

Specialisations: Barber.

An apprenticeship in hairdressing is needed to work as a Hairdresser.

Tasks

  • providing advice on hair care, beauty products and hairstyles
  • shampooing hair and conditioning scalps
  • colouring, straightening and permanently waving hair with chemical solutions
  • cutting hair with scissors, clippers and razors
  • styling hair into dreadlocks and braids and adding hair extensions
  • shaving and trimming beards and moustaches
  • cleaning work areas and sanitising instruments
  • arranging appointments and collecting payments
  • may clean, colour, cut and style wigs and hairpieces

All Hairdressers

  • $1,025 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 73,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 85% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Hairdressers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 57,400 in 2014 to 73,300 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Location: Hairdressers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,025 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (23%).
  • Gender: 85% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Hairdressers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Hairdressers.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
200955100
201052400
201148200
201265400.0
201359400
201457400
201565300
201664200
201758300
201865400.0
201973300
202479600

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsHairdressersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10251460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services96.7
Retail Trade1.4
Health Care and Social Assistance0.6
Education and Training0.3
Other Industries1.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHairdressersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.831.6
VIC24.525.6
QLD21.420.0
SA7.97.0
WA10.910.8
TAS2.42.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHairdressersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.9-5.05.0
20-2415.5-9.39.3
25-3427.9-22.922.9
35-4420.4-22.022.0
45-5417.8-21.621.6
55-594.8-9.09.0
60-643.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHairdressersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV77.9-21.121.1
Year 126.5-18.118.1
Year 112.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.9-12.512.5

An apprenticeship in hairdressing is needed to work as a Hairdresser.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Hairdressing and Beauty VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Hairdressers who connect with their customers, work well in a team and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Sales and marketing

    34% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  3. English language

    31% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and training

    29% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Psychology

    27% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Physically close to people

    97% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  2. Contact with people

    97% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Freedom to make decisions

    96% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  4. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Unstructured work

    95% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-5011.00 - Barbers.

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