Cosmetology Instructor Salary (United States)

Most Cosmetology Instructors in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $15.22 per hour;. Pay generally spreads from $11.04 per hour to $20.35. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group—the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Benefits are common in this line of work, with 43 percent reporting medical and dental coverage and 18 percent collecting vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Cosmetology Instructors who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Cosmetology Instructor Salary (?
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$23,945 - $48,568
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MEDIAN: $35,132
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Cosmetology Instructor Salary (?
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$11.04 - $20.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,945 - $48,568  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
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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$23,750 - $44,653  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $20.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.71 - $3.39  
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
   
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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$23,750 - $44,653  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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Popular Employer Salaries for Cosmetology Instructor

Cosmetology Instructors in search of the best pay head to Empire Beauty School, where the median salary rolls in at $40,859. Though pay is top-notch, compensation is curbed at $49K.
Although Aveda Institutes hands out the lowest average salary in town at $34,910, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $25K or as much as $53K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Paul Mitchell The School at $35,258 and Marinello Schools Of Beauty where $35,360 is the norm.

Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetology Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Cosmetology Instructors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Pay increases are minimal for Cosmetology Instructors just starting out. Salaries only go from $33K to $33K after a decade. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $34K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Cosmetology Instructors after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $35K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 20 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Little Rock
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Atlanta
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National Average
$33,000
Houston
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Charlotte
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For Cosmetology Instructors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Cosmetology Instructors will also find cushy salaries in Little Rock (+9 percent) and Atlanta (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$33,000
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 54%
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