What Is the Average Salary of a Cosmetologist?


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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2014 the average salary for a cosmetologist is $27,530 per year or $13 an hour. The exact salary depends on whether the person works for a private company or a larger organization.

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Cosmetologists in larger metropolitan areas in the northern United States, including New York City and Chicago, tend to have higher annual salaries than those who work in southern cities like Atlanta. The highest cosmetologist salaries tend to go to individuals who work for performing arts companies. The average salary for these cosmetologists is around $72,000 a year or approximately $34 per hour.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the cosmetology profession to grow as fast as other professions and projects a growth of 13 percent by 2022. The BLS estimates this growth to add an addition 83,300 jobs to the already existing 663,300 jobs for cosmetologists, hairdressers and barbers. The education required for cosmetologists varies by state, but all candidates must graduate from state-approved cosmetology programs.

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