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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 $35,990 in 2021. Your pay may also vary depending on your experience, location, and specialty. The employment outlook for cosmetologists is very stable. By 2030, employment among cosmetologists is expected to increase 19 percent, which is more than double that of the national average. 

Cosmetology & Beauty Salaries By Industry

Industries with the highest levels of employment for cosmetologists in 2021 and average annual pay: 

 Personal Care Services $36,080
 General Merchandise Stores$36,770
Health and Personal Care Stores$28,260
Motion Picture and Video Industries $76,670

“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 2021 were: 

Michigan $44,070


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists, on the internet here (visited May, 2022). 

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