How Much Does A Cosmetologist Make?

Cosmetologists have a passion for making people look beautiful by shampooing, cutting and styling their hair. This is the ideal career for those who truly love the daily activities that hairdressers do—from booking clients to giving them advice on the best way to take care of their hair to encouraging repeat visits.

The mean annual wage is not really high for this profession but for the enterprising individuals, experience in the field can lead to the establishment of their own beauty salon. This will not only increase their income but put them in a position to provide employment to others.

Average Cosmetologist Annual Salary

$29,590

The average annual salary for cosmetologists is $29,590 a year. Salaries start at $17,930 a year and go up to $49,050 a year.

Average Cosmetologist Hourly Wage

$14.23

The average hourly wage for a cosmetologist is $14.23. Hourly wages were between $8.62 and $23.58 an hour.

Stats were based out of 352,380 employed cosmetologists in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Cosmetologist

$49,050/year $23.58/hour

(Top 10% of Cosmetologists)


Senior Cosmetologist

$34,170/year $16.43/hour

(Top 25% of Cosmetologists)


Mid Level Cosmetologist

$24,260/year $11.66/hour

(Median)


Junior Cosmetologist

$19,550/year $9.40/hour

(Bottom 25% of Cosmetologists)


Entry Level Cosmetologist

$17,930/year $8.62/hour

(Bottom 10% of Cosmetologists)


Cosmetologist Average Salary Comparison

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Skincare Specialists
$35k / year
$16 / hour
Barbers
$29k / year
$14 / hour
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
$29k / year
$14 / hour
Manicurists and Pedicurists
$24k / year
$11 / hour
Shampooers
$20k / year
$10 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Cosmetologists

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Cosmetologists

Cosmetologist Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 District of Columbia $20.98 $43,630
#2 Washington $18.34 $38,160
#3 Hawaii $18.31 $38,080
#4 New Jersey $17.77 $36,960
#5 Virginia $17.34 $36,060
#6 Alaska $17.16 $35,690
#7 Massachusetts $16.84 $35,020
#8 Connecticut $16.34 $33,980
#9 Delaware $16.18 $33,660
#10 Nebraska $15.61 $32,470
#11 Maryland $15.07 $31,350
#12 California $14.97 $31,130
#13 New York $14.90 $31,000
#14 Vermont $14.89 $30,970
#15 South Dakota $14.84 $30,870
#16 Florida $14.65 $30,480
#17 Oregon $14.16 $29,460
#18 Minnesota $13.97 $29,060
#19 Michigan $13.85 $28,800
#20 North Carolina $13.81 $28,730
#21 Wyoming $13.74 $28,570
#22 Tennessee $13.71 $28,520
#23 North Dakota $13.51 $28,100
#24 Colorado $13.51 $28,090
#25 New Hampshire $13.48 $28,030
#26 Pennsylvania $13.47 $28,010
#27 Missouri $13.32 $27,710
#28 Illinois $13.27 $27,610
#29 Rhode Island $13.19 $27,440
#30 Georgia $13.16 $27,380
#31 Wisconsin $13.06 $27,160
#32 Arizona $13.04 $27,110
#33 Iowa $13.01 $27,070
#34 Texas $12.94 $26,910
#35 Montana $12.91 $26,840
#36 Kansas $12.89 $26,810
#37 New Mexico $12.72 $26,450
#38 Maine $12.71 $26,430
#39 Arkansas $12.60 $26,210
#40 Guam $12.55 $26,110
#41 Ohio $12.49 $25,980
#42 West Virginia $12.32 $25,630
#43 Louisiana $12.09 $25,140
#44 Indiana $12.05 $25,060
#45 Nevada $12.03 $25,020
#46 Idaho $12.03 $25,020
#47 Kentucky $12.01 $24,980
#48 Mississippi $11.72 $24,380
#49 Utah $11.68 $24,300
#50 South Carolina $11.66 $24,250
#51 Oklahoma $11.63 $24,200
#52 Alabama $11.50 $23,930
#53 Puerto Rico $9.37 $19,500

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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