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Medical Spa Business Forum > Esthe percentage

I'm a new esty in IL and I'm working with a dermatologist to open a medical spa. I have no idea what percentage I should ask for. Please help!

06.11 | Unregistered Commenterveliz159

The split 60/40. 40 percent goes to you.. But most medspas should be hourly. You won't be making much unless you have lots of clients.

06.16 | Unregistered Commenterbb

Usually if the spa offers only the commission (which at first seems like a good deal) they might be not busy. On the commission basis you should get 40%. Another point to find out is whether you are free to leave early or come later if you are not booked. Sometimes the employer will want you to be at the spa the whole day even if you are not booked. And that will not make any money for you because no clients means no commission.

06.19 | Unregistered Commenterharper

I am in Canada so it might be different there in the US. I personally give 50% for about 6 months to see if the person is a good fit in her work. After 6 months of work, I give them 60%. If they have no clients, they go home.

06.27 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I would ask for an hourly rate for the first 90 days and pound the pavement, social media, existing patient database that they already have, etc to call, send mailers, etc. Once the 90 days is up switch to hourly plus commission.

07.1 | Unregistered CommenterJ

I worked for a derm and she paid me a 45 percent commission. I did have to work the whole day most of the time since she had me to consultations as well and did not get paid for that so beware of the time you spend versus how much you make,

07.17 | Unregistered Commenterroa

I worked at a MediSpa and it was owned by someone other than the doctor the was medically directing. I received an hourly rate of $9.50 plus 10% commission on retail I sold and a service commission of 11-15% depending on the average ticket was. The greater the service ticket avg the high percentage. I don't know how it would work if you are working directly for the dermatologist. I am not longer there and opened my own spa in a suite rental setting. I would love to find a doctor who will be my medical director but I am not sure how to go about that. I would love any advice.

08.10 | Unregistered CommenterR.Doucette

I would think it would depend heavily on the treatments you are providing, the charges for the services, and the costs of the equipment. In my part of the world, I have heard of estheticians usually making 25-30% in doctor's offices, but they are making a very good living because a doctor's office can charge $180 for a peel that I, in a spa, can only charge $85 for. Plus in a spa, you have to do the touchy-feely stuff (deep cleanse with hot towels before a peel; arm and hand massage while a treatment mask is on) to stand out against the competition; versus in a doctor's office you can schedule a peel for 15 minutes and do four of them in an hour. I think you should consider employment in any environment based on how busy they are, what a highly booked employee's day can look like, and what that would yield you per hour.

08.28 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

How about if you are a nurse practitioner with experience, carrying your own malpractice, what percentage are NPs asking for in lieu of an hourly wage?

08.31 | Registered CommenterDL

I worked for a derm and she paid me a 45 % commission and I was also a 1099 so that's good and bad, I did have to work the whole day most of the time since she had me to consultations as well and did not get paid for that so beware of the time you spend versus how much you make,

09.28 | Unregistered Commenterroa

What about products? Do you have to provide your own product line? If your doctor provides products , you should get a sales commission for product sales as well.

11.7 | Unregistered CommenterMela J

Again, I haven't worked for a doctor, but unilaterally among my friends who do, the doctor provides a retail section and the estheticians earn sales commission. Often the estheticians have more input in the product line than estheticians in a spa would, because the doctors don't have time to make a lot of those decisions. Additionally, the esthetician or lead esthetician in a doctor's office usually is responsible for placing product orders.

11.14 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

What I will really advise to you, is to be flexible. Expand your skills and knowledge. In this day, the majority of the salons or spas prefer to hire those with various modalities: aesthetician massage therapy, or any other field regarding beauty, as is more profitable for you and the owners. and you can have spend more time with the same client. Example: massage and facial

11.20 | Unregistered Commenterfederico

I own two medi spas and pay by the hour. I start the Aesthetician at 13.50 per hour and review within 30 to 90 days to increase to 14.50 per hour. We also have our own skincare and cosmetic line, so I offer 20 percent commission. I also promote within for management levels. For example, I have two Directors for Clinical Care and three coordinators for Spa (Face), Laser, and Body Sculpting Departments. These coordinator levels offers a 1 percent override of their departments. I agree with one previous poster, beware of the commission split, as owners may expect you to be available when there are no appointments scheduled for consults,etc. In that manner, you would be working for free...(I have had this happen to me when I worked for others). We also review every three months to be sure the Clinicians are maintaining their hourly through the cost of selling method, by setting a reasonable goal per each hour worked,.

12.13 | Unregistered Commenterlae

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