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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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|
|New Jersey|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New York|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |