A successful salon requires a competent manager to oversee staff, ensure customer satisfaction and drive the creative direction of the business. A manager is also responsible for overseeing health and safety compliance, licensing and all retail operations. For a person who's willing to work her way up through the beauty business, a salon management job can be a rewarding and lucrative career goal.
The salon manager is ultimately responsible for building and maintaining a fiscally healthy business with high customer satisfaction and creative innovation. They may also oversee staff education, product sales and human resources.
A salon manager may also plan events and create advanced training opportunities, as well as supervising maintenance staff and stocking product.
The salon manager position is comparable to a retail assistant manager post. When the store manager isn't present, the salon manager is responsible for running the business. The salon manager is also responsible for quality control, checking for best practices in both cosmetology technique and creative artistry.
Most salon managers work their way up, learning the trade through experience. She may begin her career as a salon receptionist, assistant manager or salon assistant. A license isn't necessary, but it gives a prospective manager a strong foundation in regards to cosmetology standards and practices.
Salary and Benefits
As of 2014, the average salary for a salon manager was $38,000. Benefits might include health insurance, discounted or free products, travel opportunities, continuing education and complimentary beauty and hair services. A salon manager can also make industry contacts that then helps her achieve professional goals.
Experience as a salon manager prepares a cosmetologist to open her own salon or to seek executive opportunities within the beauty industry. She may be able to take her management skills into the freelance sector, working to coordinate hair and beauty for private events or fashion industry functions.