More and more people are discovering the benefits of hiring an image consultant and personal stylist to assist them in cultivating their image, and as such, more and more fashion-driven entrepreneurs are being drawn to the growing profession of image consulting and personal styling. Many who are interested in the field however, often wonder… Just how much does an image consultant and personal stylist make?
A personal stylist’s compensation may vary widely based on geographic location or from project to project. As a business owner, the price you charge is up to you, and many stylists charge anywhere from $50 to $2,000 per hour based on their skills and the level of demand for their services.
Many image consultants and personal stylists choose to work part-time and may decide to utilize a flat rate pay scale. Day rates for a stylist can range from USD $500 – $1000 for a half day to as much as USD $1,000 – $2000 for a full day. As they say, the sky’s the limit.
For full-time entry-level and intern stylists first starting, the salary may begin at less than USD $30,000 per year while you work on building a strong client base. But as you build your portfolio, foster relationships and professional networks, and strengthen your marketing and business acumen, mid-level image consultants and stylists can expect to earn a median salary of about USD $75,000 or more.
If you continue to educate yourself and keep current with the industry you will establish a solid client base with a trusted reputation and gain professional status as a top-level image consultant and personal stylist within the industry. In doing so, you may earn in excess of USD $130,000 per year.
When answering the question of “How much does an image consultant and personal stylist make?” it is important to mention that geographic location may significantly impact the compensation of a personal stylist. In larger cities a stylist with training may expect to charge a day rate of USD $1,500 – $2000 or make a salary of US $65,000 – $125,000. Less metropolitan areas, on the other hand, may only support a day rate of USD $500 – $750 or a salary of US $30,000 – $45,000. Overall, New York and Los Angeles offer the highest compensation with Miami, London and Dubai also supporting a growing industry of personal stylists and image consultants.
The amount you can charge will also depend greatly on your skill level and experience. Offering additional services such as wardrobe styling and personal shopping may also increase the amount you can charge. Another determining factor in the salary of a personal stylist is the industry in which you are employed. You may provide personal styling and shopping services to individuals, become a retail fashion stylist, or style for fashion shows, photo shoots or work in styling for film and video.
So how much money does an image consultant and personal stylist make? Well as you can see, in the end, as a freelance stylist, you are in charge of your own destiny and it is up to you to determine what you are worth based on the amount of time, travel and effort you put into each project. If you’re interested in starting a career as a personal stylist, personal shopper or image consultant or simply wish to enhance your skills, be sure to have a look at our upcoming course schedule to find the right program for your needs.
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The Sterling Style Academy trains and certifies prospective and aspiring image consultants, personal stylists, and personal shoppers to pursue the career of their dreams. With multiple training programs held on-location in New York, Miami, London, Paris, Milan, and Dubai as well as Online Image Consultant Training, Instruction Led Online Personal Stylist Courses, and eCertification Program courses, the Sterling Style Academy prepares you to become a top notch pioneer in the image consulting, personal shopping, and personal styling industry. Master the art of image, fashion and style to become a fashion styling expert. Contact the Sterling Style Academy today to learn how we can help you start a career you are passionate about – shopping and styling! Like us or become our BFF on Facebook.