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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Accommodation and Food 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 $18,930 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|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |
|South Carolina|| |