Median pay for Cosmetology Instructors in the United States is around $15.66 per hour. While the company and years of experience impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Women make up the vast majority of Cosmetology Instructors (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cosmetology Instructors. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly more than half lack coverage. On the flip side, more than two-fifths have medical insurance and slightly less than a third receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,369 - $50,562
$24K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,503
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50%
90%

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$11.65 - $20.72
$12
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$21
MEDIAN: $15.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,369 - $50,562  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$24,629 - $48,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $20.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.25  
Overtime
$8.29 - $35.77  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
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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$24,629 - $48,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 373

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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

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

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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, Marinello Schools Of Beauty, Aveda Institutes, Paul Mitchell, and Empire Beauty School. Aveda Institutes leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $42K.

Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetology Instructor

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


Cosmetology Instructors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Cosmetology Instructors make a median salary of $36K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Cosmetology Instructor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $39K.

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Key Stats for Cosmetology Instructor

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

cosmetology
up arrow 19%

Teaching
up arrow 11%


Organizing
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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