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

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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, 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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SALARY TREND

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.

INDUSTRIES

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

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$47,880
Wholesale Trade
$46,970
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$42,380
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,670
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$38,570
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,690

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
$27,370
Educational Services
$29,370
Accommodation and Food Services
$31,670
Public Administration
$33,260
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$33,690
Health Care and Social Assistance
$33,690