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How much does a cosmetologist make?

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How much does a cosmetologist make?

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Answer:

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in its Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), counts barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists as one category. According to the OOH, individuals in the aforementioned occupations earned a median annual wage of $26,270 in May 2019. This translates to $12.63 per hour.

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), also from the BLS, provides more detailed employment and wage data for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, including the following: (also in May 2019)

Top Paying States

  • Massachusetts: $43,920 (mean annual wage), $21.11 (mean hourly wage)
  • Washington: $43,240 (mean annual wage), $20.79 (mean hourly wage)
  • District of Columbia: $42,800 (mean annual wage), $20.58 (mean hourly wage)
  • Colorado: $37,640 (mean annual wage), $18.10 (mean hourly wage)
  • New Jersey: $37,400 (mean annual wage), $17.98 (mean hourly wage)

States with the Highest Employment Level

  • California: 37,210
  • Texas: 31,150
  • Florida: 25,840
  • New York: 24,590
  • Pennsylvania: 24,270

For more information about cosmetologist classes/courses, check out this article: Cosmetologist Classes and Courses Overview

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