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How Much Do Cosmetology & Beauty Professionals Make?

This article contains information about cosmetology and beauty professionals’ salaries, and it includes average salary information, industries with top salaries and different types of cosmetology jobs and their pay at various locations across the United States.

Cosmetology & Beauty Salaries On Average

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for cosmetologists was $41,780 in 2023. Your pay may also vary depending on your experience, location, and specialty. The employment outlook for cosmetologists is very stable. By 2032, employment among cosmetologists is expected to increase 9 percent, which is faster employment growth than that of the national average. 

Cosmetology & Beauty Salaries By Industry

Industries with the highest levels of employment for cosmetologists in 2023 and average annual pay: 

 Personal Care Services $42,310
 General Merchandise Retailers$30,420
Health and Personal Care Retailers$29,870
Employment Services $35,720

“Barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists may receive tips from customers. High quality work and customer service usually contribute to greater tip totals.” - BLS

Top Paying States for Cosmetologists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top paying states for cosmetologists in 2023 were: 



Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists, on the internet here (visited April 2024). 

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