The average wage for a Cosmetologist is $9.03 per hour. A skill in Hair is associated with high pay for this job.
Cosmetologist Total Pay (?
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$14,098 - $49,487
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49K
MEDIAN: $24,728
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Cosmetologist Total Pay (?
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$7.31 - $16.23
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$14,098 - $49,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,077  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $34,324  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,781  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,391 - $47,981  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 672
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.31 - $16.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.52 - $4.98  
Overtime
$1.19 - $24.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,077  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,781  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $34,324  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$15,391 - $47,981  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 672
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Job Description for Cosmetologist
Cosmetologists are part of a creative sect of the health and beauty field that aspires to make individuals look their most appealing. They have the unique ability to style hair, polish nails, and apply makeup, among many other skills. Being a specialist in beauty and makeup they are aware of current trends and are constantly striving for professional improvement by attending conferences and other development opportunities to learn new skills. Cosmetologists are licensed professionals who have attended school, passed an exam, and often participate in an internship program. Schooling takes between one and two years. The course curriculum is designed to give the cosmetologist a wide range of learning experiences in each field to ensure they have a basic skill level in the various elements of beauty design. Along with classes in cutting hair, coloring hair, makeup application, and nail design, cosmetologists must also learn business practice.
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Cosmetologist Tasks
  • Maintain and clean work areas and tools.
  • Maintain and develop style techniques and best-practices.
  • Style hair and apply aesthetic treatments per customer requests.
Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Chicago
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Atlanta
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National Average
$24,000
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Experience Affects Cosmetologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 16%
Mid-Career
up arrow 5%
National Average
$24,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Cosmetologist Salaries

Hair
up arrow 22%
Customer Service
up arrow 6%
National Average
$24,000
haircutting
up arrow 5%
Skin Care
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 23% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 75%
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