Running a beauty salon comes with risks.
But I also know you’ll face a lot of costs as you start a salon business. There are many areas in which you can cut costs in the beginning but your salon insurance is for sure not one.
You need good salon insurance from the start of your exciting beauty venture could end up being your worst nightmare.
But what does it cost to insure a beauty salon?
I decided to find out.
How Much is Salon Insurance?
Full salon insurance costs about $2,900 per year (approx. $240/month) for a beauty salon, hair salon, barbershop, or spa with two employees. However, the exact salon insurance cost can vary greatly, from $50/month to $1000/month, depending on the number of employees, business turnover, which state it is based in, as well as the type of services provided. There are also ways you can combine insurance to bring the cost down.
In this article, I’ll take you through all you need to know to optimize the cost of your salon insurance while maintaining full salon protection.
How Much will your Salon Insurance Cost?
The exact cost to insure your salon depends on a number of factors. I’ll cover what those factors are in this article but this will still just give you an idea of what the cost will be for you. If you want to know exactly how much to budget for your salon insurance you should request a free quote from Hiscox online now.
It only takes 5-10 minutes to fill out the information needed about your salon and you’ll get the exact insurance cost for your salon immediately.
When you’ve received the quote from Hiscox it’s easy to also set up the insurance policy with them. Hiscox is a leading provider of insurance for small businesses and they in fact specialize in insurance for beauty salons.
What Insurance Does a Salon Need?
Salon owners should make sure their salon has a Business Owner Policy, Professional Liability Insurance, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance. You may also need General Liability Insurance and Errors & Omissions Insurance but they are typically covered in the Business Owner Policy and Professional Liability Insurance.
1. Business Owner Policy
The Business Owner Policy combines General Liability Insurance and Commercial Property Insurance. It is, therefore, the most cost-effective way for insuring a salon against costs associated with damage and repairs of the salon building and salon equipment as well as liability claims due to accidents in the salon.
All salon businesses need General Liability Insurance but if you’re a booth renter or mobile salon, you may not need Commercial Property Insurance. In this case, you should not opt-in for a Business Owner Policy but only a General Liability Insurance.
2. Workers Compensation Insurance
If you have employees in your salon, you’re in most states required to have a Workers Compensation Insurance. This insurance covers costs if your salon staff gets injured in the salon. Costs include lost wages and medical treatment in case of injury.
3. Professional Liability Insurance
Professional liability insurance, also called errors and omissions insurance (E&O insurance) or indemnity insurance, protects you against any potential risks you may face when conducting your salon services on your clients.
How Much Does Salon Employee Insurance Cost?
A beauty salon workers’ compensation insurance costs about $435 per year (or $36/month) per employee of a hair salon, nail salon, barber, or spa. However, the cost depends on which state your salon is based in and can range from $0.75-$2.74 per $100 salary you pay. Almost all states require salon owners to have a Workers Compensation Insurance if they have salon staff employed.
The estimated cost of $435 per employee assumes your salon employees are at the average wage. The average salary for salon employees is $24,830 (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). Each state has a differently regulated workers compensation per industry so here I’ve assumed the average value at 1.75% of paid salary.
It’s easy to get exact cost estimates for workers compensation insurance for your salon. Just request a free workers insurance cost quote from Hiscox.
How Much Does Salon Services Insurance Cost?
Professional liability insurance costs about $920 per year (or $77/month). The cost of a salon’s professional liability insurance varies depending on what services you offer in the salon. Chemical peel insurance, micro-needling insurance, or tanning salon insurance can be higher than e.g. a regular salon professional insurance like nail salon insurance cost.
Regular liability insurance doesn’t cover the claims for injury due to specific salon services which is why professional liability is crucial. Given that what services you provide in the salon will determine the cost of your professional liability insurance it will be specific to your salon.
When you request a free professional liability quote at Hiscox you can specify what services you offer so that you can get an accurate price immediately.
How Much Does Salon Property Insurance Cost?
A commercial salon property insurance cost about $700 per year (or $58/month) but varies depending on the building your salon is based in and how much salon equipment value you want to insure. Salon owners can save money by getting a Business Owner Policy (BOP) that combines salon property insurance with General Liability Insurance. A BOP costs about $1,200 per year (or $100/month) but also varies greatly depending on the salon business size.
How much your salon property insurance costs depend on the state of the building where your salon is located and also on the value of your salon equipment that you want to insure.
To get an idea of the value of hair salon equipment you can check out my list of hair salon equipment here where average costs are included.
To get an accurate price of what your property insurance will cost you should request a free quote from Hiscox where you specify details of your building and equipment value.
They’ll give you an automatic cost quote immediately.
How Much Does Salon Liability Insurance Cost?
The average cost of a salon’s General Liability Insurance is $740 per year (or $62/ month). But the cost varies depending on salon business size, years in business, and location. Salon owners who also control the salon location can save money by opting for a Business Owner Policy (BOP) which combines General Liability Insurance with Commercial Property Insurance. A BOP costs about $1’200 per year (or $100/month).
I would only advise you to opt-in for General Liability Insurance if you don’t actually control the salon location. If you’re a mobile salon, booth renter, or just a hairstylist renting a chair, it may be sufficient with General Liability Insurance. Otherwise, you might as well go for a Business Owner Policy.
If you’re uncertain about what type of insurance you need, you can seek advice from Hiscox.
Good salon insurance is one of the most important costs you need to take as you open a salon business. There’s too much risk associated with not having good salon insurance.
You should now have a good idea of how much salon insurance costs. But as you’ve seen, the cost of salon insurance varies from salon to salon.
The best way to get an accurate cost for your specific salon is to request a free quote from Hiscox.
All the best on your new salon business venture!