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Cosmetology Instructor Salary

Cosmetology Instructors in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $15.41 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.00 per hour on the lower end to $20.97 on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Although just over two-fifths have medical coverage and just under one in three have dental coverage, more than half claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Cosmetology Instructors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,073 - $49,364
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,210
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90%

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$11.00 - $20.97
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,073 - $49,364  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
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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$23,941 - $46,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $20.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.71 - $3.39  
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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).
)
$23,941 - $46,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 331

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Job Description for Cosmetology Instructor

A cosmetology instructor works in a cosmetology school and instructs classes that will aid students to obtain cosmetology licenses. The cosmetology instructor may teach skills such as hairstyling, skin care, and makeup. The instructor should have strong communication, people, and public speaking skills, as well as the ability to teach through hands-on learning.

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Cosmetology Instructor Tasks

  • Assess student levels and understanding and adjust instruction.
  • Teach students standard procedures and maintenance of their space and equipment.
  • Coach students about quality and service standards and goals.
  • Assist with inspections, tests, and evaluations.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cosmetology Instructor


Employees at Empire Beauty School enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $41K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $30K and higher ones not far away at only $49K.

Offering only $35K on average, Aveda Institutes seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $25K on the lower end and $53K on the higher end.


Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetology Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Cosmetology Instructors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $32K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cosmetology Instructors make a median salary of $35K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $37K.

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Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 53%