|Quick Facts: Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists|
$24,300 per year
$11.68 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award|
|13% (Faster than average)|
Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services.
Barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists work mostly in a barbershop or salon. Physical stamina is important, because they are on their feet for most of their shift. Many work full time, but part-time positions are also common.
All states require barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists to be licensed. To qualify for a license, candidates are required to graduate from a state-approved barber or cosmetology program and then pass a state exam for licensure.
The median hourly wage for barbers was $12.38 in May 2016.
The median hourly wage for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was $11.66 in May 2016.
Employment of barbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will lead to greater demand for hair care services.
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