Workers' Comp for Barbershops and Salons

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Why do barbershop and salon workers need workers' comp insurance?

Barbershop, salon, and other cosmetic services workers may be easily injured in their workplaces and should carry appropriate insurance coverage in case of accidents. Workers’ compensation, sometimes called workers’ comp or workman’s comp, can help cover medical fees and lost wages for hairstylist-work-related injuries.

Not only is workers’ comp coverage legally required for almost all barbershop and salon businesses with employees‚ but it also helps provide protection for the business by reducing its financial risk.

The most common injuries experienced by employees working in barbershops and salons are:

– Overexertion

– Repetitive stress injuries

– Slipping, tripping, falls

– Chemical burn

Learn more about how workers’ compensation insurance can help protect barbershop and salon workers and their employers.


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More than three-quarters of small businesses overpay for workers' comp coverage.

What does workers' compensation insurance cover?

Workers’ compensation insurance helps provide medical, rehabilitation, and disability benefits for barbershop and salon workers who become injured as a direct result of their job. Workers’ comp may also pay death benefits to an employee’s dependents if the barbershop worker is killed in a work-related incident.

In addition to helping barbershop and salon employees and their families, workers’ compensation insurance can also help protect barbershop and salon business owners. Workers’ compensation helps protect hair stylist businesses from liability for employees’ workplace injuries, and it helps keep employers from having to pay directly out of pocket for those injuries. This coverage may reduce the risk of a significant financial loss if an barbershop worker is harmed while performing work duties.

Depending on the laws in your state, to be considered compensable and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation, barbershop worker injuries must:

  • have happened to a barbershop employee (not a vendor or independent contractor),

  • be the result of a barbershop workplace injury or illness during employment, and

  • cause impairment and/or lost wages.

What are relevant types of class codes?

When you’re ready to start your 3-minute quote, you’ll need to know your barbershop or salon business’s class code.


A class code is assigned by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) or by state agencies—and is created based on the activities and risk level the work requires.


There are many different workers’ comp class codes within the auto industry. Below are a few of the most common class codes in the hairstylist industry.


9586 – Barbershop, beauty parlor, or other hairstyling salon

9054 – Spas

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