Cosmetology is a vast field with many different paths and career options for you to choose from. You can pursue a specific career based on your skills and interests. The field of cosmetology may lead to any one of the following careers. You may become a:

  • Hairstylist.
  • Nail Technician.
  • Salon or Spa Manager.
  • Beautician.
  • Wedding and Event Stylist.
  • Makeup artist.
  • Esthetician.

Apart from the careers mentioned above, interested individuals may fulfill the appropriate education and license requirements to become beauty magazine editors, consultants, sales/marketing specialists in the cosmetics industry or even teach at a beauty school.

Cosmetologist Career Statistics for the U.S.

The table below outlines a clear description of the cosmetologist career statistics. The data used below is for Barbers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists.

2018 Mean Pay $30,190 per year
Job Outlook, 2018-28 8% (Faster than average)
Number of Jobs, 2018 766,100
Employment Change, 2018-28 63,900

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the national annual mean salary of $29,590 for Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists in 2016. Their salary increased to $30,490 in 2017. However, in 2018, this figure slightly dropped to $30,190. Even though the salary figures faced a little drop, this field is seen as promising in the future. In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Performing Arts Companies as the highest paying industry for this occupation with an annual mean salary of $66,830.

The salary of a cosmetologist may also depend on a number of factors other such as:

  • Location of their workplace – They may make more money by working in a metropolitan area instead of a small town.
  • Level of their skillset – If they are more skilled than others, they may get regular clients.
  • Rapport they build with their clients – With a good work ethic and nice demeanor, they can ensure regular clientele.
  • Tips & referrals they get from regular clients.

Cosmetologist Career Outlook in the U.S.

Despite the slight dip in salary in 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics presents Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists as a promising career with an expected employment growth rate of 8% over the decade (from 2018 to 2028). The following bar-chart of the states with the highest employment level in this occupation would provide an even better idea regarding the scope of this occupation.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

This bar-graph puts California at the top as the state with the highest employment level for this occupation in 2018. New York offers the fifth highest level for employment for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists.