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Hair and Beauty Industry Wage Rates 2022

Posted July 4, 2022

In accordance with the Fair Work Commission’s Annual Wage Review 2021-22 Decision, the wage rates and some allowances in the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010 (Award) have been varied.

Award minimum wages have been increased by 4.6 per cent, subject to a minimum increase of $40 per week. The effect of this is that award rates have been increased by between 4.6 per cent and 5.2 per cent.

Award wage rates above $869.60 per week have received a 4.6 per cent adjustment and award wage rates below $869.60 per week have been adjusted by $40 per week.

The 4.6 per cent increase applies to employees who are Level 3 (Cert III Qualified Beauty Therapist) and above. The flat $40 increase applies to Level 1 (Salon Assistant/Receptionist) and Level 2 (Unqualified or Cert II Beautician) classifications.

Wage related allowances and expense related allowances have also been increased in accordance with formulas included in the Award.

New wage rate cards are available through your HABA account in the downloadable section under New Wage Rates 2022 or;

Hair Wage Rates

Beauty Wage Rates

Western Australia Wage Rates for Sole Traders, Unincorporated Partnerships and Unincorporated Trustees

Wage Rates Queensland Hairdressing Apprentices of Sole Traders, Unincorporated Trustees and Unincorporated Partnerships



What is the operative date?

The increase is operative from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 July 2022.


Can the increases be absorbed into over-award payments?

Yes. The increases are fully absorbable into over-award payments unless the employer agrees otherwise.


Does the wage increase apply to employees covered by an enterprise agreement?

For most employees, the answer to this question would be no. However, all employees covered by an enterprise agreement must be paid a base rate of pay no less than the base rate of pay under the relevant modern award, or the National Minimum Wage if they are an award-free employee.


Do you require further advice?

For information or assistance relating to the application of the Fair Work Commission’s decision, please contact the HABA Advice Line on (02) 9221 9911, or

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