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2018 Salon Today 200: Compensation & Benefits

Stacey Soble | December 9, 2017 | 6:00 AM
The team from 360 The Color Bar in El Paso, TX, celebrates Halloween.
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The team from Canvas Salon in Powell, OH.
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Team members from Eric Fisher Salon in Wichita, KS.
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The team from Josephines Day Spa and Salon in Houston, TX.
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A cut in progress at Nurtur Salon in Columbus, OH.
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Jodi Ohama and Troy Winget, owners of Redbloom Salons.
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The team from Salon Laurie & Company in Baltimore, MD.
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The team from Tangerine Salon and Spa in Murfreesboro, TN.
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The team from Thirty Hair in Columbia, MD.
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The team from Tulip Salon & Spa in Fredericksburg, VA.
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While it's a service provider's job to take care of the client, it's a salon owner's job to take care of the team. Salons and spas that offer rewarding compensation and benefits packages and design transparent career paths retain talent longer, which helps them grow the business faster. 

360 The Colour Bar Salon
El Paso, TX
360hair.com
Eduardo Anderson
SQUARE FEET: 1,800
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 8
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $60
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Kérastase
COLOR: Schwarzkopf Professional, Redken
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Demandforce
ASSOCIATION: PBA
“If a service provider’s annual average for two of the four benchmark goals met or exceeded their goal, they receive an $8,000 annual compensation increase or $308 per paycheck. This connects what they are doing behind the chair with each client, showing them they are in control of what they earn.”

Canvas Salon
Powell, OH
thecanvassalon.com
Stefanie Fox Jackson
SQUARE FEET: 2,000
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 13
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $48
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $50,000 to $59,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Demandforce
ASSOCIATION: PBA, Green Circle
“The favorite Canvas perk among staff is our sabbatical program. This is available to stylists at their seventh year and includes two full weeks of paid time off and a $1,500 bonus. The catch is the stylist has to use the money to go outside of the state of Ohio and do something fun for themselves.”

Eric Fisher Salon
Wichita, KS
ericfishersalon.com
Eric and Mary Fisher
SQUARE FEET: 4,000; 1,500; 1,500
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 86
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $46
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aquage, Kérastase
COLOR: Goldwell, Aveda, L’Oréal Professionnel
SKIN CARE: Image Skincare, Skinceuticals
TECH SUPPORT: STX, Survey Monkey, Paylocity
ASSOCIATION: 2 to 10
“One of our best benefits is our advanced education program. During our two-day Summit, we fly in five to six top stylists to lead a stage show and hands-on classes for our team.”

Josephines Day Spa and Salon
Houston, TX
josephinesdayspa.com
Vivian Yeh
SQUARE FEET: 5,600; 1,000; 300
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 77
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $60
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda, Pravana
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: OPI, CND
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Textel, Demandforce, ZeeZor
ASSOCIATION: Intercoiffure, Green Circle
“We have a tradition of doing a new-hire dinner four times a year with our owner and the management team. This enables new employees to get to know their co-workers, the management team, our owner and her vision.”

Nurtur Salon
Columbus, OH
nurtursalon.com
Patrick Thompson
SQUARE FEET: 4,200; 4,100; 1,400
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 118
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $45
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: OPI, Essie
TECH SUPPORT: Millennium, Demandforce, SpaBoom, ZeeZor, Slack
ASSOCIATIONS: ISPA, NCA, PBA
“Flexible shift options are offered to help employees maintain a work/life balance. Team members can work longer shifts in order to have three to four days off per week, or they can opt for shorter six-hour shifts to make room for personal obligations.”

RedBloom Salons
Calgary, Alberta
redbloom.ca
Jodi Ohama and Troy Winget
SQUARE FEET: 2,400; 2,300; 1,800; 1,500
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 71
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $77
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $60,000 to $69,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda, Pravana
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: SpaRitual
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Constant Contact
ASSOCIATION: 2 to 10
“We offer a four-day schedule option. The rotation of these days works out to give a five-day weekend every four weeks. It’s a win/win: Our team is able to spend quality time with loved ones, and it adds extra bookable hours to our schedule.”

Salon Laurie & Company
Baltimore, MD
salonlaurie.com
Laurie Schroeder
SQUARE FEET: 2,200
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 19
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $72
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $70,000 to $79,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Private Label, Aquage
COLOR: Goldwell
SKIN CARE: Dermaware
NAIL CARE: OPI, SpaRitual
TECH SUPPORT: Millennium, Demandforce
ASSOCIATION: PBA
“Our annual team retreat is a weekend of fun, relaxation, enlightenment and education that includes lots of eating, laughing, and usually some cleansing tears.”

Tangerine Salon and Spa
Murfreesboro, TN
tangerinesalonandspa.com
James, Donna and
Mark McCarrall
SQUARE FEET: 4,200
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 33
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $50
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $50,000 to $59,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: OPI, CND
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Demandforce
ASSOCIATION: PBA
“We help stylists in informing guests of a rate increase six to eight weeks before it officially begins. We allow a grace period once the promotion is effective where we can default to old prices if the guest has not been informed of the increase.”

Thirty Hair
Columbia, MD
thirtyhair.com
Dustin Mariman
and Sarah McGee
SQUARE FEET: 1,700
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 9
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $62
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $50,000 to $59,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
TECH SUPPORT: Millennium
“A stylists’ daughter had a Christmas performance that I heard her mention to a guest. She told the guest that it was important for her to be at work at the holidays and that her mother would attend. I moved her guests to another team member and gave her the chance to attend the performance. The videos of her daughter’s surprised look was worth the energy spent to get her there.”

Tulip Salon & Spa
Fredericksburg, VA
tulipsalonspa.com
Priscilla and Ralph Priebe
SQUARE FEET: 2,300
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 22
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $53
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $50,000 to $59,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: OPI
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Demandforce, Constant Contact
ASSOCIATIONS: PBA, Chamber of Commerce
“Tulip Salon & Spa pays 100% of required and advanced training. We funded 29 advanced education training sessions at the DC Training Center, as well as hosted four color and cutting educational classes conducted by global educators.”

Additional Honorees
20 Volume Salon & Spa, Gilbert, AZ
Avalon Salon Spa, Deer Park, IL
Blo, Raleigh, NC
Chop Tops A Hair Company, Kansas City, MO
Daylily Spa Salon, St. Cloud, MN
Ginger Bay Salon & Spa, Kirkwood, MO
Gordon Salon, Highland Park, IL
Impressions, Mequon, WI
Integrity Lash, Pasadena, CA
J. Nicolle Salon and Spa, New Albany, IN
Joli Salon and Spa, Lexington, KY
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Fishers, IN
Neatbeat, Louisville, KY
Nicole Bryan Salon, Carmel, IN
Omagi Salon & Spa, Louisville, KY
Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Woburn, MA
Pavo Salon Spa, Memphis, TN
PURE Salon and Spa, Ankeny, IA
Riversong Salon & Spa, Jefferson City, MO
Salon 6, Indianapolis, IN
Serenity Couture Salon and Spa, West Des Moines, IA
Solaris Aveda, Evansville, IN
Square One Salon & Spa, Dayton, OH
Virtue Salon, Columbus, OH

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