Salary for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Also known as:  Beautician, Cosmetologist, Funeral Home Makeup Artist, Hair and Makeup Designer, Hair Colorist, Hair Stylist, Hairdresser, Hairpiece Stylist, Wedding Makeup Artist, Wig Stylist helps social work professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Hairdressers, hair stylists and cosmetologists work in the field of customer service with an emphasis on beauty services by offering hair cutting, coloring, shampooing, massaging and consulting services for hair care. Additionally, they are trained in the fields of skin care and massage and offer clients makeup applications, wig trials and nail services. They schedule client appointments and are able to process payments. They promote and market new line beauty products and maintain a clean and sanitary work station at all times. They remain innovative in their techniques by attending conferences and seminars that are offered on style, products and methods in the industry. An associate's degree or related vocational degree is required for employment in this professional field.

A Hairdresser, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist can receive an average compensation somewhere between 16000 and 24000 based on experience. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists will usually earn a wage of Twenty Six Thousand Five Hundred dollars yearly.

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists receive the highest salary in the District of Columbia, where they can get salary pay of close to $43330. Employees with these job titles are paid at the highest level in Public Administration, where they can get pay of $31750.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 16.38 percent nationwide in that time.
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists tend to make the most in the following industries
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $31,750
Public Administration $29,410
Educational Services $27,620
Accommodation and Food Services $27,610
Health Care and Social Assistance $27,070
Other Services (except Public Administration) $26,760
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $22,450
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $24,490
Wholesale Trade $25,300
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing $26,000
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $26,430
Other Services (except Public Administration) $26,760