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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,170
25th Percentile Wage
$20,200
50th Percentile Wage
$24,850
75th Percentile Wage
$35,100
90th Percentile Wage
$50,670

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 $50,670. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,850. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,170. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 178% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$24,850
2.37% 8.65%
2016
$24,260
2.47% -
2015
$23,660
2.28% -
2014
$23,120
-0.09% -
2013
$23,140
1.90% -
2012
$22,700
- -

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

The average salaries of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in 13 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 $19,790).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$49,470
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,670
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,380
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$30,500
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,110
Health Care and Social Assistance
$28,910
Wholesale Trade
$26,530
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$25,700
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,400
Educational Services
$23,790
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,530
Retail Trade
$19,790

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 $18,930 to $33,240. The highest paying state for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $33,240. The lowest paying state is South Carolina with a median annual salary of $18,930. 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
New Jersey
$33,240
Washington
$32,760
Massachusetts
$31,770
District of Columbia
$30,950
Alaska
$30,920
Delaware
$30,200
Virginia
$30,030
South Dakota
$28,630
Minnesota
$28,510
New Hampshire
$28,280
Connecticut
$28,200
North Dakota
$28,000
Maryland
$27,350
Vermont
$26,890
Wyoming
$26,850
Nebraska
$26,490
California
$25,340
Iowa
$25,250
Wisconsin
$25,200
Michigan
$25,020
Hawaii
$24,990
Guam
$24,870
New York
$24,740
Florida
$24,640
Illinois
$24,610
Colorado
$24,380
Oregon
$24,370
Oklahoma
$24,000
Arizona
$23,800
Kansas
$23,620
Georgia
$23,610
Rhode Island
$23,600
Tennessee
$23,320
North Carolina
$23,280
Texas
$22,590
Ohio
$22,590
Montana
$22,530
Nevada
$22,490
Pennsylvania
$22,240
Mississippi
$22,090
New Mexico
$22,010
Utah
$21,970
Kentucky
$21,840
Maine
$21,750
Missouri
$21,440
Louisiana
$21,080
Indiana
$20,950
West Virginia
$20,890
Arkansas
$20,470
Idaho
$20,400
Alabama
$19,400
Puerto Rico
$19,000
South Carolina
$18,930



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