Beauty Therapy Salary

A career in beauty therapy can be financially rewarding. According to PayScale, beauty therapists in South Africa earn between R31 808 and R232 853 per annum, including bonuses and commission (www.payscale.com – 3 February 2014). There are a number of factors that influence salary and earning potential in the field of beauty therapy. There are also various steps that can be taken to enhance earning potential.

Factors affecting beauty therapists salaries

    • The country’s economy. The economic situation in a country affects salaries across all industries. If the economy is struggling, people are less likely to have money to spend on luxuries such as beauty treatments, and vice versa. This also applies to beauty therapists working abroad.
    • Where you work. Some beauty therapists work in luxury beauty spas in large hotels or holiday resorts, while others work in small neighbourhood salons. Fancier salons often attract higher-paying clients, which means that the salon staff are paid more. This is not the case everywhere, though, so you have to do thorough research before you apply.
    • Experience and expertise. The more skilled and experienced you are, the more money you are likely to earn. If you have a good reputation, clients may be willing to pay more for your services, which may make you a valuable asset for a salon.
    • Performance. Many beauty therapists earn additional income through tips and commission. You may therefore be able to increase your income by putting more effort into your work, and by going the extra mile to keep your clients happy.

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Last updated: February 13, 2019

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