Cosmetology Career Options, Salary & Job Demand

Cosmetology Careers & Average Cosmetologist Salaries

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How much is the average cosmetology salary?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the median salary for cosmetologists is $22,500 per year. The BLS numbers often do not account for full-time and part-time cosmetologists, experience in the field, and tips that cosmetologists receive, which could make that salary higher. According to both NACCAS and the United States Department of Labor, the average cosmetology salary range for salon professionals can reach up to a $50,000 annual cosmetology salary, but this varies since each employer charges tips and bonuses slightly differently. The 2003 NACCAS Job Demand Survey reveals that cosmetology careers and cosmetology salary ranges have dramatically increased their earning power today with low unemployment due to a shortage of licensed salon professionals. Some of the main factors that determine cosmetology salaries and cosmetology salary ranges include the size and location of the salon, hours worked, the tipping habits of clients, and competition from other salons and shops. The cosmetologist's ability to bring in and maintain regular clients is another factor in determining many cosmetogists salaries and cosmetology salary ranges. According to The United States Department of Labor, many cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers receive commissions based on the price of the service, or they earn a salary based on hours worked. Nearly every professional in the cosmetology industry receive tips and commissions for the products they sell and those tips often go unreported. Some salons pay bonuses or commissions to employees on top of their regular cosmetology salary who bring in new business or sell products.

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Note that the salary figures in the above chart are median salaries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2012. This is the median nationwide, but the range of potential salaries is much wider. These figures also do not adequately include tips and gratuities.

What are my cosmetology career options after attending beauty school?

There are a wide variety of cosmetology careers you can pursue after earning a degree from a beauty or cosmetology school.

Salon JobsThese beauty jobs include: Cosmetologist, Hairstylist, Barber, Hair Color Specialist, Perm Specialist, Esthetician, Nail Care Artists, Manicurist, Salon Owner, Salon Manager, Salon Coordinator, Salon Sales Consultant, Manufacturer Sales Representative, Makeup Artist, Director of Education, Distributor's Sales Representative, Fashion Show Stylist, Photo and Movie Stylist, Platform Artist and Educator, Beauty Magazine Writer, Beauty Magazine Editor, Cosmetology School Owner, Cosmetology Instructor, Beauty Care Marketing, Salon Franchisee, Salon Chain Management, Beauty Care Distributor, Salon Computer Expert, Beauty Care PR Specialist, Research Chemist, Beauty Product Designer, Beauty Business Consultant, Trade Show Director, or Beauty School Owner.

One great place to find beauty jobs is on the My Social Beauty cosmetology jobs board. My Social Beauty is a social networking site decided to networking with individuals in the cosmetology industry and helping students grow in their cosmetology careers. Employers at salon, spa and other beauty businesses nationwide post more beauty and cosmetology job openings every day. Register, post pictures of your work in a cosmetology portfolio and start applying for jobs to kick off your cosmetology career!

Which jobs in the field of beauty and cosmetology are in most demand?

According to the United States Department of Labor, the U.S. employment rates for personal appearance works such as hairdressers, hairstylists, cosmetologists, skin care specialists and shampooers are projected to grow 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is expected to show a similiar increase as well!

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