Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services. Excludes "Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance (39-5091), "Manicurists and Pedicurists" (39-5092), and "Skincare Specialists" (39-5094).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
357,030 1.1 % $12.72 $26,460 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.04 $8.86 $10.85 $14.42 $19.95
Annual Wage (2) $16,710 $18,420 $22,570 $30,000 $41,490


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 317,360 52.09 $12.76 $26,550
Department Stores 23,500 1.52 $11.00 $22,880
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,720 0.48 $15.45 $32,140
Nursing Care Facilities 1,580 0.09 $13.66 $28,410
Other General Merchandise Stores 1,080 0.07 $11.80 $24,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 317,360 52.09 $12.76 $26,550
Department Stores 23,500 1.52 $11.00 $22,880
Technical and Trade Schools 1,020 0.65 $12.50 $26,000
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,720 0.48 $15.45 $32,140
Other Personal Services 430 0.18 $12.87 $26,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 400 0.11 $33.55 $69,780
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 60 0.01 $17.17 $35,700
Offices of Physicians 100 (7) $16.34 $33,980
Death Care Services 230 0.17 $16.31 $33,930
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 760 0.07 $15.76 $32,780


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 25,600 3.04 1.09 $13.94 $29,000
Texas 25,120 2.44 0.88 $12.20 $25,370
Pennsylvania 23,670 4.27 1.53 $12.07 $25,100
California 23,610 1.68 0.60 $12.56 $26,120
Florida 22,250 3.11 1.12 $11.95 $24,850




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 17,070 4.53 1.63 $13.85 $28,820
Pennsylvania 23,670 4.27 1.53 $12.07 $25,100
New Hampshire 2,570 4.23 1.52 $11.94 $24,840
Ohio 20,010 4.02 1.44 $11.94 $24,830
Wisconsin 10,290 3.89 1.40 $11.34 $23,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,050 1.63 0.58 $23.43 $48,720
Hawaii 1,040 1.80 0.65 $16.67 $34,670
Washington 8,940 3.29 1.18 $16.42 $34,160
South Carolina 2,990 1.69 0.61 $14.89 $30,970
Maryland 9,270 3.74 1.34 $14.56 $30,280





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 15,700 3.10 1.11 $15.57 $32,380
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 13,290 3.71 1.33 $13.62 $28,330
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 7,540 4.16 1.49 $13.84 $28,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 7,020 2.75 0.99 $12.77 $26,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,490 2.81 1.01 $15.65 $32,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,440 3.76 1.35 $13.73 $28,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,430 2.88 1.04 $10.88 $22,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,770 1.51 0.54 $13.20 $27,460
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 5,330 5.56 2.00 $13.94 $28,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,210 3.11 1.12 $14.40 $29,950