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Cosmetology Instructor Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Cosmetology Instructors in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $15.31 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.07 per hour and $20.59. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Most Cosmetology Instructors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to just over two-fifths, and slightly less than a third earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$24,053 - $48,935
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,299
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$11.07 - $20.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,053 - $48,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$23,891 - $45,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $20.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.71 - $3.39  
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
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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$23,891 - $45,394  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Cosmetology Instructor


Although Empire Beauty School offers the highest salaries (median pay is $41K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $30K to $49K.

Aveda Institutes offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $35K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $53K.


Pay by Experience Level for Cosmetology Instructor

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


Cosmetology Instructors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. On average, Cosmetology Instructors make $34K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $36K.

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Experience Affects Cosmetology Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 53%