Cosmetology Instructor Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Cosmetology Instructors in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.43 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.05 per hour to $20.93. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. The majority of Cosmetology Instructors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Over one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,975 - $49,782

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$11.05 - $20.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,975 - $49,782  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
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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$23,928 - $46,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.05 - $20.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.74 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
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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$23,928 - $46,876  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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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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Salary cannot be beat at Empire Beauty School, where median pay comes to $41K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $30K, and the higher end is not far away at $49K.

Employees of Paul Mitchell The School can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $34K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $25K to $57K.


Cosmetology Instructors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Cosmetology and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetology Instructor

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


For Cosmetology Instructors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. For Cosmetology Instructors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $36K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

cosmetology
up arrow 15%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 55%
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