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All About Shampooers

Example of Shampooer Job Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.

A Day in the Life of a Shampooer

  • Massage, shampoo, and condition patron’s hair and scalp to clean them and remove excess oil.
  • Treat scalp conditions and hair loss, using specialized lotions, shampoos, or equipment such as infrared lamps or vibrating equipment.
  • Advise patrons with chronic or potentially contagious scalp conditions to seek medical treatment.
  • Maintain treatment records.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Shampooer?

Shampooers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Types of Shampooer

  • Cosmetologist
  • Apprentice Stylist
  • Shampoo Person
  • Shampooer
  • Shampooist

Job Outlook for Shampooers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 21,200 jobs in the United States for Shampooer. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 13.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 2,900 new jobs for Shampooer by 2026. There will be an estimated 2,800 positions for Shampooer per year.


The states with the most job growth for Shampooer are Washington, North Carolina, and New York. Watch out if you plan on working in Nebraska, Illinois, or Maryland. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Shampooers Salary

The typical yearly salary for Shampooers is somewhere between $17,690 and $28,350.


Shampooers who work in District of Columbia, Massachusetts, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Shampooers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $20,040
California $25,510
Connecticut $23,560
Delaware $19,560
District of Columbia $30,070
Florida $23,540
Georgia $21,000
Illinois $22,110
Louisiana $19,720
Maryland $21,750
Massachusetts $25,680
Michigan $22,350
Missouri $19,210
New Jersey $22,370
New York $23,380
North Carolina $20,180
Ohio $20,360
Pennsylvania $19,630
Tennessee $22,650
Texas $20,660
Virginia $21,350

What Tools & Technology do Shampooers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Shampooers:

  • Web browser software
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Facebook
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Appointment scheduling software

How to Become a Shampooer

What education or degrees do I need to become a Shampooer?


What work experience do I need to become a Shampooer?


Who Employs Shampooers?


The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.



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