Cosmetology Instructor Salary

Women comprise the majority of Cosmetology Instructors in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $15.45 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.48 per hour, and the top verges on $21.06. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by slightly less than one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by just under one in three. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,155 - $49,939
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,403
10%
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90%

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$11.48 - $21.06
(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
$24,155 - $49,939  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Commission
$518  
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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$24,288 - $47,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $21.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.26 - $7.45  
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
Commission
$518  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$24,288 - $47,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 449
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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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Cosmetology Instructors include Paul Mitchell The School, Empire Beauty School, Aveda Institutes, Marinello Schools Of Beauty, and Paul Mitchell. Cosmetology Instructors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Paul Mitchell, where the average salary comes to $38K.

Paul Mitchell The School doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $35K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $49K and scope of pay is rather limited.


Cosmetology Instructors only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with cosmetology, People Management, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 7 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cosmetology Instructors make a median salary of $35K. As Cosmetology Instructors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $36K.

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Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

cosmetology
up arrow 22%

People Management
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 46%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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