|Quick Facts: Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists|
$29,680 per year
$14.27 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award|
|11% (Much faster than average)|
What Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists Do
Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and other services related to personal appearance.
Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists work mostly in barbershops or salons. Most are full time, although part-time work is common. Work schedules may vary and often include evenings and weekends.
How to Become a Barber, Hairstylist, or Cosmetologist
All states require barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates typically must graduate from a state-approved barber or cosmetology program and pass an exam.
The median hourly wage for barbers was $14.41 in May 2021.
The median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $14.26 in May 2021.
Overall employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 93,800 openings for barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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