How Much Do Barbers and Cosmetologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Hairdressers and Cosmetologists

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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$32740 per year
Hourly wage
$16 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$18,840 to $21,520 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$9 to $10 per hour

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.

Salary rank

Salary rank

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.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
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

State Hourly Annual
MA $22 $46,310
WA $22 $45,260
DC $20 $42,270
CO $19 $40,420
NJ $19 $39,160
HI $18 $38,210
MD $18 $37,530
CA $18 $37,010
WY $18 $36,680
NY $17 $36,190

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
Employment Services $38680 $18.60
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $37320 $17.94
Clothing Stores $36790 $17.69
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $36340 $17.47
Local Government $35180 $16.91
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
Traveler Accommodation $31650 $15.22
State Government $30980 $14.89
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
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