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Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,930
25th Percentile Wage
$19,550
50th Percentile Wage
$24,260
75th Percentile Wage
$34,170
90th Percentile Wage
$49,050

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is $49,050. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,930. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 173% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201624,2602.47%6.43%
201523,6602.28%-
201423,120-0.09%-
201323,1401.90%-
201222,700--

Table 2. Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $49,470. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $19,360).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$49,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,020
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$33,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$28,290
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,910
Wholesale Trade
$25,610
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$25,280
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$24,650
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,380
Accommodation and Food Services
$21,710
Educational Services
$21,430
Retail Trade
$19,360

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,600 to $33,230. The highest paying state for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $33,230. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,600. For more salary information of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$33,230
New Jersey
$32,720
Alaska
$31,070
Massachusetts
$30,800
Washington
$30,460
South Dakota
$29,830
Delaware
$29,720
District of Columbia
$29,590
Virginia
$29,410
Connecticut
$28,560
Vermont
$27,530
Wyoming
$27,080
Nebraska
$26,890
Maryland
$25,600
North Dakota
$25,550
New Hampshire
$25,240
Rhode Island
$24,900
Pennsylvania
$24,870
Guam
$24,620
Oregon
$24,390
Michigan
$24,350
Wisconsin
$24,350
California
$24,330
Tennessee
$24,130
Minnesota
$24,020
Florida
$23,830
Maine
$23,510
Georgia
$23,400
Utah
$23,320
Iowa
$23,250
New York
$23,200
Illinois
$22,920
Nevada
$22,920
Montana
$22,890
Louisiana
$22,830
Missouri
$22,510
North Carolina
$22,400
Colorado
$22,400
Indiana
$22,370
New Mexico
$22,300
Kansas
$22,120
Ohio
$21,910
Arizona
$21,680
Texas
$21,520
Oklahoma
$21,490
Arkansas
$21,130
Kentucky
$20,210
West Virginia
$20,170
Idaho
$19,910
Mississippi
$19,780
Alabama
$19,620
South Carolina
$19,240
Puerto Rico
$18,600


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