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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, 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. Excludes "Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance" (39-5091), "Manicurists and Pedicurists" (39-5092), and "Skincare Specialists" (39-5094).


National estimates for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
Industry profile for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
Geographic profile for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

National estimates for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
302,410 1.6 % $ 15.74 $ 32,740 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 9.06 $ 10.34 $ 13.16 $ 18.25 $ 25.68
Annual Wage (2) $ 18,840 $ 21,520 $ 27,380 $ 37,970 $ 53,410


Industry profile for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 240,920 44.70 $ 16.19 $ 33,680
General Merchandise Stores 45,420 1.52 $ 12.84 $ 26,720
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,450 0.87 $ 14.72 $ 30,620
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,290 0.39 (8) (8)
Traveler Accommodation 890 0.06 $ 15.22 $ 31,650

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 240,920 44.70 $ 16.19 $ 33,680
General Merchandise Stores 45,420 1.52 $ 12.84 $ 26,720
Health and Personal Care Stores 8,450 0.87 $ 14.72 $ 30,620
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,290 0.39 (8) (8)
Technical and Trade Schools 240 0.19 $ 13.85 $ 28,810

Top paying industries for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Performing Arts Companies 130 0.12 $ 43.56 $ 90,600
Management of Companies and Enterprises 210 0.01 $ 23.02 $ 47,880
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $ 22.67 $ 47,150
Death Care Services 170 0.13 $ 21.92 $ 45,600
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 50 0.01 $ 19.86 $ 41,300


Geographic profile for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

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





States with the highest employment level in Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 30,730 2.54 1.17 $ 12.69 $ 26,400
California 25,090 1.53 0.70 $ 17.79 $ 37,010
Florida 23,010 2.73 1.25 $ 14.63 $ 30,440
New York 16,570 1.91 0.88 $ 17.40 $ 36,190
Pennsylvania 15,490 2.81 1.29 $ 13.97 $ 29,060




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 14,800 3.91 1.80 $ 18.83 $ 39,160
New Hampshire 2,020 3.26 1.50 $ 13.28 $ 27,620
Delaware 1,370 3.22 1.48 $ 17.14 $ 35,660
Arizona 8,290 2.92 1.34 $ 16.68 $ 34,700
Ohio 14,790 2.88 1.32 $ 14.44 $ 30,040




Top paying states for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 7,510 2.24 1.03 $ 22.26 $ 46,310
Washington 8,090 2.53 1.17 $ 21.76 $ 45,260
District of Columbia 610 0.89 0.41 $ 20.32 $ 42,270
Colorado 6,900 2.68 1.23 $ 19.43 $ 40,420
New Jersey 14,800 3.91 1.80 $ 18.83 $ 39,160





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 23,610 2.67 1.23 $ 18.53 $ 38,530
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,920 2.50 1.15 $ 15.60 $ 32,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 10,160 2.83 1.30 $ 12.81 $ 26,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,680 1.66 0.76 $ 18.20 $ 37,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,310 2.80 1.29 $ 11.85 $ 24,640
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,800 2.89 1.33 $ 16.17 $ 33,630
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,250 3.44 1.58 $ 16.74 $ 34,820
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,260 2.41 1.11 $ 21.89 $ 45,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,890 2.24 1.03 $ 18.33 $ 38,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,800 2.31 1.06 $ 13.80 $ 28,700




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Johnstown, PA 270 5.78 2.66 $ 12.05 $ 25,050
Panama City, FL 410 5.47 2.52 $ 12.98 $ 27,000
The Villages, FL 160 5.41 2.49 (8) (8)
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 1,500 5.12 2.35 $ 15.91 $ 33,090
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,330 5.09 2.34 $ 15.61 $ 32,460
Mansfield, OH 230 4.93 2.27 (8) (8)
Akron, OH 1,500 4.82 2.22 $ 13.75 $ 28,600
Lewiston, ID-WA 120 4.79 2.20 $ 12.26 $ 25,510
Altoona, PA 260 4.75 2.18 $ 10.96 $ 22,810
Dothan, AL 270 4.72 2.17 $ 13.18 $ 27,410