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2019 Salon Today 200: Compensation and Benefits

Debbie Ogilvie | December 11, 2018 | 5:49 AM
The team from Salon Secrets Spa in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, collecting salon waste with Green Circle.

It’s a service provider’s job to take care of their clients, but it’s an 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.

A pleasant welcome from Bijin Salon and Spa in Prairie Village, Kansas.
A pleasant welcome from Bijin Salon and Spa in Prairie Village, Kansas.

BIJIN SALON AND SPA
Prairie Village, KS
bijinsalon.com
Connie Suss
SQUARE FEET: 14,000
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 100
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $60
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $60,000-$69,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Kerastase, Oribe, R+Co
COLOR: Wella
SKIN CARE: Skinceuticals, Eminence
NAIL CARE: Smith and Cult, Deborah Lippman
TECH SUPPORT: Millennium, Salon Clouds Plus
ASSOCIATION: PBA
“We implemented a Bijin Rewards Program. Points are accumulated on an annual basis based on goals reached and can be redeemed for things such as a paid day off, $200 bonus or a spa service.”

CANVAS SALON AND SKIN BAR
Powell, OH
thecanvassalon.com
Stefanie Jackson
SQUARE FEET: 2,000
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 14
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $56
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Demandforce, ZeeZor
ASSOCIATIONS: Green Circle
“We have come up with ideas for incentivizing longevity. Our commission scale has no top out, and we reduce our back-bar charge at year three and eliminate it at year five. At year seven, stylists are eligible for a sabbatical with one-week off paid and a $1,200 bonus to take a trip.”

The team from Eric Fisher Salon rocking it at the Empowering Women Cut-a-thon in Wichita, Kansas.
The team from Eric Fisher Salon rocking it at the Empowering Women Cut-a-thon in Wichita, Kansas.

ERIC FISHER SALON
Wichita, KS
ericfishersalon.com
Eric and Mary Fisher
SQUARE FEET: 4,000; 1,500; 1,500
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 98
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $53
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aquage, Kerastase, Aveda
COLOR: L’Oréal Professionnel, Goldwell, Aveda
SKIN CARE: Image Skincare, Skinceuticals
TECH SUPPORT: STX, Survey Monkey, Paylocity, EZ Texting
“We strongly believe that our advanced education, benefits and pay structure make EFS some of the best salons to work for. Most importantly, this structure builds a lifelong career for our stylists.”

Amy Pirro, marketing manager and graphic designer; Jordan Becker, director of marketing; and Ginny Eramo, owner of Interlocks in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Amy Pirro, marketing manager and graphic designer; Jordan Becker, director of marketing; and Ginny Eramo, owner of Interlocks in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

INTERLOCKS
Newburyport, MA
interlockssalon.com
Ginny Eramo
SQUARE FEET: 6,400
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 48
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $65
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $70,000 to $79,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Oribe,
Shu Uemura, Thermafuse
COLOR: Wella
SKIN CARE: Environ, Naturopathica, Revision
NAIL CARE: Emma, CND,
Dazzle Dry
TECH SUPPORT: STX
ASSOCIATION: PBA
“We allow our service providers to choose commission or hourly wage. We allow our team members to look at all numbers—there are no secrets, and that creates trust.”

JIVA SALONSPA
Cedar Falls, IA
JivaSalonspa.com
Bill Bradford
SQUARE FEET: 3,500
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 25
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $35
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: OPI
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Demandforce
“We incorporate retail products into the commission structure. If you hit 75% of your level as a benchmark we also give you a 5% increase on your commission—up to 60%.”

LOGAN 14 SALON SPA
Washington, D.C.
logan14salonspa.com
Michael Hodges, Michael Londner, Wendi Dofflemeyer
SQUARE FEET: 6,000
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 50
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $80
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $50,000 to $59,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: CND, Essie
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, ZeeZor, Demandforce
ASSOCIATION: PBA
“Once a year we close the salon and have a group wellness activity. Last year we attended a farm where older animals live out their lives. The contact with the animals, yoga, meditation, and a seminar on stress-reducing skills bonded our team.”

Salon 2000 in Fleming Island, Florida, identifies a branding opportunity on rainy days.
Salon 2000 in Fleming Island, Florida, identifies a branding opportunity on rainy days.

SALON 2000
Fleming Island, FL
salon2000fl.com
Lorraine L. Lillis
SQUARE FEET: 3,700
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 22
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $50
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $50,000 to $59,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
TECH SUPPORT: SalonBiz, Demandforce, ZeeZor
ASSOCIATIONS: PBA, FL Retail Federation
“Through our 100,000 club when a stylist makes $100,000 in services for the year they earn an extra day of paid vacation. If they sell $25,000 in retail they also earn an extra day. Employees can earn up to an extra week of paid vacation.”

The team from Salon Secrets Spa in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
The team from Salon Secrets Spa in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

SALON SECRETS SPA
Kennett Square, PA
salonsecretsspa.com
Tiffany Lahn
SQUARE FEET: 5,500
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 29
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $60
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $50,000 to $59,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda, Brazilian Blowout
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: OPI, CND
TECH SUPPORT: Millennium, Demandforce, ZeeZor
ASSOCIATION: Green Circle
“We close Salon Secrets from December 24 to January 2, and the entire team is paid for the time off. Most parents do not have childcare during that week. Everyone starts the new year rested and without missing a paycheck.”

The team from Thirty Hair in Columbia, Maryland.
The team from Thirty Hair in Columbia, Maryland.

THIRTY HAIR
Columbia, MD
thirtyhair.com
Dustin Mariman and Sarah McGee
SQUARE FEET: 1,700
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 9
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $60
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $40,000 to $49,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
TECH SUPPORT: Millennium, Demandforce
“At Thirty Hair we embody our culture of collaboration and family. Our newest benefit was short- and long-term disability. Without this group plan, a team member who needed a heart transplant would have gone from making $60,000+ a year to nothing. How fortunate we had decided as a team to add this benefit.”

Tricia Rivas, owners of Trixies Salon in Des Moines, Iowa.
Tricia Rivas, owners of Trixies Salon in Des Moines, Iowa.

TRIXIES SALON
Des Moines, IA
trixiessalon.com
Tricia Rivas
SQUARE FEET: 2,300; 1,500; 1,300
TOTAL EMPLOYEES: 21
AVERAGE CUT & STYLE: $40
AVERAGE STYLIST INCOME: $30,000 to $39,999
BEST-SELLING RETAIL: Aveda
COLOR: Aveda
SKIN CARE: Aveda
NAIL CARE: OPI, Aveda, Kiara Sky
TECH SUPPORT: Salon Biz, Demandforce, Constant Contact
ASSOCIATIONS: Intercoiffure, PBA, 2 to 10, Qnity
“We offer four weeks paid vacation when goals are met, a 3-day work week, every other Saturday off after the first year, artistic team opportunities, as well as a gym membership, medical and life insurance, and paid education.”

Additional Honorees
Avalon, Deer Park, IL
Avenue Hair Design, Venice, FL
Bang Salon, Denver, CO
Blo, Raleigh, NC
Chameleon Haircolor Café, North Haven, CT
Cutting Loose Salon, University Park, FL
Five Senses Spa Salon & Barbershop, Peoria, IL
Gervais Salon & Day Spa Eugene, OR
Gila Rut Salons, San Diego, CA
Ginger Bay Salon & Spa, Kirkwood, MO
Glow Beauty Boutique, Braintree, MA
Impressions, Mequon, WI
J Nicolle Salon & Spa, New Albany, IN
Joli Salon & Day Spa, Lexington, KY
Josephine’s Day Spa and Salon, Houston, TX
Mane Attraction Salon, Phoenix, AZ
Omagi Salon & Spa, Louisville, KY
Nurtur the Salon, Columbus, OH
Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Woburn, MA
Phia Concepts, Columbus, OH
RedBloom Salon, Calgary,
Revive Salon, White Bear Lake, MN
Salon Adelle, Greenville, SC
Salon Allure, Huntsville, AL
Solaris, Aveda, Evansville, IN

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