2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists provide beauty services, such as cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May shampoo hair, apply makeup, dress wigs, remove hair, and provide nail and skincare services.
Table of contents
- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
Entry-level Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $18,840 to $21,520 per year or $9 to $10 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.
We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$26||$53,410|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$18||$37,970|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$13||$27,380|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$10||$21,520|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$9||$18,840|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as a Hairdresser, Hairstylist and Cosmetologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like MA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at MA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.
According to BLS, the highest paid Barbers and Cosmetologists are in the states of MA, WA, DC, CO and NJ.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Performing Arts Companies||$90600||$43.56|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||$47880||$23.02|
|Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods||$47150||$22.67|
|Death Care Services||$45600||$21.92|
|Offices of Other Health Practitioners||$41300||$19.86|
|Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services||$40600||$19.52|
|Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals||$37320||$17.94|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||$36340||$17.47|
|Offices of Physicians||$33980||$16.34|
|Other Amusement and Recreation Industries||$33950||$16.32|
|Personal Care Services||$33680||$16.19|
|Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly||$33430||$16.07|
|Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)||$32600||$15.67|
|Health and Personal Care Stores||$30620||$14.72|
|Technical and Trade Schools||$28810||$13.85|
|Other Personal Services||$28250||$13.58|
|General Merchandise Stores||$26720||$12.84|
|Motion Picture and Video Industries||$||$*|
|Radio and Television Broadcasting||$||$*|