Salary for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

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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 find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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, and Cosmetologist can earn average salaries in a range of $18,840 to $53,410 depending on experience and education levels. will most likely earn wages of thirty-two thousand seven hundred and fourty dollars annually.

receive the highest salary in Massachusetts, where they can earn an average pay rate of about $46,310. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they receive wages of $47,880.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 43.79 percent nationwide in that time.


Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Public Administration
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Health Care and Social Assistance
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