The typical yearly salary for full-time cosmetologists, as of 2015, ranges from $15,962 to $47,383. While the median hourly wage is $9 an hour, there are a number of factors that influence the wages of cosmetologists.
Beyond an hourly wage, cosmetologists earn tips, bonuses and overtime pay. Commissions are also possible for referrals and product sales. Other factors that affect earnings are level of training and experience, specific skills offered and the size and reputation of the business. The video and motion picture industries are the highest-paying employers of cosmetologists, while department stores tend to pay the least. Location also factors into overall pay, as the average pay differs from one state to another.