Cosmetology Instructor Salary (United States)

Cosmetology Instructors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $15.22 per hour for pay. Pay starts at $11.04 per hour and can approach $20.35 on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the specific employer and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to 43 percent, and around one third earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Cosmetology Instructors. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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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MEDIAN: $15.00
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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  
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 280
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Job Description for Cosmetology Instructor

  • 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.

Cosmetology Instructor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cosmetology Instructor

With a median salary of $40,859, Empire Beauty School offers Cosmetology Instructors the highest pay in their field; however, earnings are capped at $49K, limiting employee salary growth.
Aveda Institutes offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $34,910. Paul Mitchell The School and Marinello Schools Of Beauty are other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($35,258 and $35,360, 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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $33K to $33K after five to 10 years in the field. Salary comes to $34K after 10 to 20 years. Though minimal, Cosmetology Instructors continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $35K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about one-fifth. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

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
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Charlotte
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Cosmetology Instructors, 24 percent higher than the national average. Cosmetology Instructors will also find cushy salaries in Little Rock (+9 percent) and Atlanta (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks.
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Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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$33,000
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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%