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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$45,840
75th Percentile Wage
$32,170
50th Percentile Wage
$23,120
25th Percentile Wage
$18,680
10th Percentile Wage
$17,160

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 $45,840. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,160. 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 167% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $23,120 -0.09%
2013 $23,140 1.94%
2012 $22,700 0.58%
2011 $22,570 -0.83%
2010 $22,760 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 1.58%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.94%. We also see the year 2012 had a salary increase 0.58% while year 2011 had a negtive growth of -0.83%.

Table 3. Average Salary of Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
$23,120
Miscellaneous Personal Appearance Workers
$20,830
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
$44,310
Manicurists and Pedicurists
$19,620
Shampooers
$18,760
Skincare Specialists
$29,050
Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists
$23,200

Table 4. 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 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $37,390. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $19,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,390
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,880
Federal, State, and Local Government
$30,200
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,030
Health Care and Social Assistance
$25,940
Retail Trade
$23,670
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,570
Educational Services
$23,090
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,060
Wholesale Trade
$22,500
Accommodation and Food Services
$21,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$19,190

Table 5. 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 $18,180 to $33,750. The highest paying state for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is Alaska with a median annual salary of $33,750. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $18,180. 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
Alaska
$33,750
Hawaii
$32,920
New Jersey
$29,900
Delaware
$29,320
Virginia
$29,230
Washington
$28,660
Massachusetts
$28,490
South Dakota
$28,300
Montana
$26,860
Wyoming
$26,650
North Dakota
$25,690
Utah
$24,830
Vermont
$24,360
Pennsylvania
$23,910
Oregon
$23,800
Connecticut
$23,770
Tennessee
$23,630
Maryland
$23,610
Rhode Island
$23,590
Missouri
$23,220
New Mexico
$23,130
Florida
$23,090
Georgia
$23,080
Wisconsin
$22,790
Colorado
$22,730
Minnesota
$22,620
Indiana
$22,430
California
$22,390
District of Columbia
$22,390
New Hampshire
$22,310
Illinois
$22,240
Louisiana
$22,240
Maine
$22,200
Iowa
$22,150
Nevada
$22,150
Texas
$21,860
Arkansas
$21,700
North Carolina
$21,550
Kansas
$21,480
New York
$21,390
Nebraska
$21,340
Alabama
$21,050
Ohio
$20,950
Michigan
$20,600
Oklahoma
$20,350
Idaho
$20,020
South Carolina
$20,000
Kentucky
$19,880
Arizona
$19,830
Mississippi
$19,490
West Virginia
$19,150
Puerto Rico
$18,800
Guam
$18,180