Cosmetology Instructor Salary

The average Cosmetology Instructor in the United States earns approximately $15.45 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $11.12 per hour and $20.93. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Most Cosmetology Instructors report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Cosmetology Instructors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a little more than half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by slightly less than a third. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,957 - $49,615
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,241
10%
50%
90%

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$11.12 - $20.93
(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
$23,957 - $49,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
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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$23,969 - $46,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $20.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.74 - $6.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $31.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,038  
   
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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$23,969 - $46,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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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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With a median salary of $41K, Empire Beauty School offers Cosmetology Instructors the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $30K and are capped at $49K.

Offering a median of only $34K, Paul Mitchell The School pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $25K on the lower end and $57K on the higher end.


Job skills reported by Cosmetology Instructors are limited. Most notably, facility with cosmetology and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 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 many Cosmetology Instructors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Cosmetology Instructors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $32K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $32K. Cosmetology Instructors bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $37K.

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Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

cosmetology
up arrow 21%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

People Management
0%

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
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 54%
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