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Old 06-05-2017, 06:53 PM   #1
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How Much Is A Haircut?

Sticker shock (and i'm young). I've been living around the world for a while now and just back visiting the good ol' USA. Having sticker shock at times. I've been having some haircuts for $2-$3 and many for $10 - all overseas. In rural(ish) Texas, I just went to two places that charge $19 or $20. I'm talking standard men's haircut. These are just regular barber shops?

What do you pay?

The one that charges $20 gives you a dedicated 1/2 hour. So by my calculations, that is $40 an hour or an equivalent salary of $83,000. That is assuming he is full up for 8 hours a day. When I checked his calendar he was pretty full.
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Old 06-05-2017, 06:58 PM   #2
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$12 in mid state NY.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:02 PM   #3
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$12 in Connecticut, usually just give him $15. He's been cutting my hair and my boys hair for years.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:18 PM   #4
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$17 in Southern Cal, plus I give a $5 tip.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:19 PM   #5
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I bought an $18 clipper 18 years ago...DW does the clipping. My hair gets cut round 20 times per year. So, by one way of reckoning, we're now down to about 5 cents per cut. Since I keep it clipped pretty short, I have trouble dishing out $15 plus tips to have it done for me...about 3-4 minutes in the chair...not a whole lot of styling going on there. I'm hoping to get another 18-20 years out of the clipper...more if I can. I'm targeting 2 cents per clip average over time, if I can keep it running that long.
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$12 for me too. I've paid more at other places, and I've paid less. Pretty sure I paid more a few years ago when I lived in the Austin area.


$83K, but what about overhead? If it's his own place, he's renting the space, and paying electric, insurance, water, etc. If it's not, he's probably renting the chair.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:36 PM   #7
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$15 to 20 including tip depending where I go.
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Looks like Texas might be a high COL state for men's haircuts. I pay $16 - $20 with tip.
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Sticker shock (and i'm young). I've been living around the world for a while now and just back visiting the good ol' USA. Having sticker shock at times. I've been having some haircuts for $2-$3 and many for $10 - all overseas. In rural(ish) Texas, I just went to two places that charge $19 or $20. I'm talking standard men's haircut. These are just regular barber shops?

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The one that charges $20 gives you a dedicated 1/2 hour. So by my calculations, that is $40 an hour or an equivalent salary of $83,000. That is assuming he is full up for 8 hours a day. When I checked his calendar he was pretty full.
Come on. That barber does not pocket what you pay him. Somebody has to pay the shop's rent, utilities, property tax, etc.
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Come on. That barber does not pocket what you pay him. Somebody has to pay the shop's rent, utilities, property tax, etc.
As does every business
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As does every business
Yes, but you're the one who did simple math and called it equivalent salary, when it's not.
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W. NY state: 2 different places $20 each. One includes a wash for that price the other doesn't.
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I get slapped around i think its up to 17 bucks. This is a no frills barber shop. No bookie, no smoking , no boxing matches on the tv's. I lay a 10 dollar bill on the guy for a tip. I should get charged by the numbers of hair they cut. i would only owe them a buck. You can still go the beauty school and they charge 3 dollars. Im not a big extravagant tipper but the bride found out i was only giving him 2 bucks tip about 3 years ago and she called me a cheap skate, so im trying to make up for the past. The beauty school is a good deal if you have time to kill they take forever and put about 15 clips in your hair then the teacher comes over to inspect. I stopped going because my wife got jealous, they had all young ladies in there and she thought they were "givin me the eye". hahahah
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It's $9, but my husband usually gives him $12. This guy has been cutting my husband's hair for 12 years now.
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About 15 years ago I sent some scissors to a professional sharpener recommended by a local barber. The gal uses them on me when I get shaggy; I use them on her (nothing fancy - she dunks her head in the tub, I comb it straight back and cut it straight & level across the back). She adjusts what I've done to suit herself. So pretty close to zero bucks for us both. She also colors her own hair and does a much better job than many of the pro coloring jobs I've seen done to different women.
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The one that charges $20 gives you a dedicated 1/2 hour.
I'd be more likely to pay him $20 to get me out of there in 10min or so. What's he do for 1/2 hour? Talk to you?

I'm paying pretty much in line with what I see here. It's about $12 and I give a $5 tip, so $17.
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I was doing my own for awhile, but even for an easy cut like mine, #4 all over, it's not that easy to do. Between making sure I don't miss a spot, getting around the ears, getting the back even, and cleaning up, it's just not worth it. Plus I just like the feeling of having my hair cut, whether it's with scissors or electric.
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$28 dollars + $7 tip. Haircut takes an hour. I get a haircut about every 2 months.
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Wow you guys are cheap (or LBYM). Here in Mn the toll is $37 + tip and I am losing my hair. Go every 5 wks
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