Salary Guide: Hairstylists and Beauty Professionals

Hairstylists provide beauty services ranging from haircuts to skin care. Excludes Manicurists and Pedicurists and Skincare Specialists. Nationwide there are nearly 350,000 Hairstylists who earn an average salary of $26,510.

Licensure is the most important step to becoming a Hairstylist or Barber.

Licensure is the most important step to becoming a Hairstylist or Barber. All states require Hairstylists to complete a state-licensed training program. Additionally, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Find the Hairstylist and Cosmetology programs in your area.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $24,210
Alaska: $24,150
Arizona: $24,380
Arkansas: $28,260
California: $25,180
Colorado: $27,420
Connecticut: $28,460
Delaware: $29,550
District of Columbia: $37,680
Florida: $26,650
Georgia: $24,350
Hawaii: $34,490
Idaho: $24,320
Illinois: $28,570
Indiana: $25,710
Iowa: $24,520
Kansas: $22,970
Kentucky: $23,500
Louisiana: $24,920
Maine: $25,490
Maryland: $29,200
Massachusetts: $29,980
Michigan: $24,760
Minnesota: $26,370
Mississippi: $25,190
Missouri: $22,990
Montana: $26,670
Nebraska: $25,280
Nevada: $20,490
New Hampshire: $27,050
New Jersey: $29,170
New Mexico: $26,930
New York: $28,520
North Carolina: $25,890
North Dakota: $23,360
Ohio: $24,730
Oklahoma: $23,700
Oregon: $27,440
Pennsylvania: $24,620
Rhode Island: $28,590
South Carolina: $31,000
South Dakota: $24,890
Tennessee: $25,100
Texas: $25,690
Utah: $26,610
Vermont: $31,150
Virginia: $26,650
Washington: $33,680
West Virginia: $20,080
Wisconsin: $24,640
Wyoming: $25,000

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $31,240
2. Los Angeles: $26,390
3. Chicago: $29,250
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $28,170
5. Philadelphia: $28,300
6. Houston: $25,850
7. Washington DC: $30,720
8. Miami: $29,150
9. Atlanta: $24,450
10. Boston: $30,330
11. San Francisco: $32,040
12. Detroit: $23,560
13. Riverside: $21,390
14. Phoenix: $24,310
15. Seattle: $37,210
16. Minneapolis: $26,990
17. San Diego: $24,530
18. St. Louis: $22,110
19. Tampa: $23,100
20. Baltimore: $27,910

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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