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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
285,980 1.6 % $ 17.30 $ 35,990 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.03 $ 11.52 $ 14.26 $ 18.65 $ 28.40
Annual Wage (2) $ 20,860 $ 23,960 $ 29,670 $ 38,790 $ 59,070


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 253,060 38.88 $ 17.34 $ 36,080
General Merchandise Stores 13,790 0.45 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Health and Personal Care Stores 11,690 1.16 $ 13.59 $ 28,260
Motion Picture and Video Industries 910 0.29 $ 36.86 $ 76,670
Employment Services 900 0.03 $ 23.35 $ 48,570

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 253,060 38.88 $ 17.34 $ 36,080
Health and Personal Care Stores 11,690 1.16 $ 13.59 $ 28,260
General Merchandise Stores 13,790 0.45 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Motion Picture and Video Industries 910 0.29 $ 36.86 $ 76,670
Death Care Services 180 0.14 $ 20.28 $ 42,170

Top paying industries for Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 910 0.29 $ 36.86 $ 76,670
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 30 (7) $ 28.04 $ 58,320
Employment Services 900 0.03 $ 23.35 $ 48,570
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $ 22.35 $ 46,490
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 440 0.04 $ 21.41 $ 44,530


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.



Map of employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists by state, May 2021


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 22,360 1.83 0.90 $ 14.27 $ 29,680
Pennsylvania 20,330 3.64 1.79 $ 16.54 $ 34,400
California 18,630 1.13 0.56 $ 18.65 $ 38,790
Florida 18,540 2.15 1.06 $ 16.19 $ 33,680
New York 16,650 1.92 0.95 $ 19.39 $ 40,330


Map of location quotient of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists by state, May 2021


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)
Delaware 1,680 3.86 1.90 $ 17.62 $ 36,650
Pennsylvania 20,330 3.64 1.79 $ 16.54 $ 34,400
New Jersey 13,960 3.63 1.79 $ 18.93 $ 39,370
New Hampshire 1,860 2.93 1.44 $ 16.42 $ 34,140
Massachusetts 9,930 2.92 1.44 $ 21.27 $ 44,240


Map of annual mean wages of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists by state, May 2021


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)
District of Columbia 550 0.83 0.41 $ 34.87 $ 72,530
Massachusetts 9,930 2.92 1.44 $ 21.27 $ 44,240
Michigan 8,300 2.05 1.01 $ 21.19 $ 44,070
Washington 6,710 2.09 1.03 $ 20.96 $ 43,590
Hawaii 1,120 2.04 1.00 $ 20.85 $ 43,370



Map of employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists by area, May 2021


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 22,210 2.56 1.26 $ 19.67 $ 40,920
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,920 2.81 1.39 $ 20.39 $ 42,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 9,820 3.70 1.82 $ 17.53 $ 36,460
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 8,600 3.32 1.64 $ 20.90 $ 43,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,130 1.99 0.98 $ 15.05 $ 31,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,090 1.07 0.52 $ 20.20 $ 42,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,820 1.99 0.98 $ 21.83 $ 45,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,630 1.94 0.96 $ 13.99 $ 29,090
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 5,500 2.60 1.28 $ 19.51 $ 40,590
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,460 2.11 1.04 $ 19.05 $ 39,620


Map of location quotient of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists by area, May 2021


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)
Altoona, PA 320 5.60 2.76 $ 15.00 $ 31,200
Ocean City, NJ 200 5.07 2.50 $ 17.90 $ 37,230
Johnstown, PA 240 5.05 2.49 $ 15.88 $ 33,030
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 230 4.43 2.18 $ 17.17 $ 35,710
Pittsburgh, PA 4,580 4.39 2.16 $ 16.62 $ 34,570
Reading, PA 710 4.37 2.16 $ 16.94 $ 35,240
East Stroudsburg, PA 230 4.35 2.14 $ 15.31 $ 31,840
Homosassa Springs, FL 140 4.35 2.14 $ 15.45 $ 32,140
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 1,510 4.35 2.14 $ 16.51 $ 34,340
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 620 4.27 2.10 $ 19.36 $ 40,260