Beauty Schools and Cosmetology Schools in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the entire country, may be the ideal city for aspiring beauty professionals. With a rapidly growing population and a thriving tourism industry, San Antonio has many visitors and residents that can make for a diverse client base.

You can get started by looking through our list of San Antonio beauty schools. In addition to cosmetology schools that may offer a variety of programs, this area is home to some dedicated specialty schools.

Beauty Salaries in San Antonio

Of course, you may be wondering what to expect in terms of salary as a beauty professional in San Antonio. The national average salary for cosmetologists is $23,200 per year or $11.15 per hour (BLS, 2014).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the following average salaries specific to San Antonio:

  • Cosmetologists: $27,070 per year
  • Manicurists/pedicurists: $23,240 per year
  • Skincare specialists: $41,540 per year

Salaries vary widely depending on what type of position you take on. If you're business-minded, you may opt to open your own salon. When you work directly for a salon, you are often paid a base rate plus tips. If you rent a chair at a salon, you may set your own rates and pay a chair rental fee.

License Requirements in Texas

Since the field of cosmetology is highly regulated, it should come as no surprise that you must be licensed before you can begin your career. In San Antonio, all licensing goes through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Before selecting a program, ensure that it meets the Department's requirements:

  • Cosmetologist: 1,500 hours
  • Barber: 1,500 hours
  • Esthetician: 750 hours
  • Nail technician: 600 hours

Once you have met these educational requirements, it's time to get your license. You can apply to take your written and skills exams. Once you pass these exams, you receive a license that is good for two years.

Getting Around and Networking in San Antonio

One of the biggest concerns that new students often have is getting around a big city like San Antonio. The cost of car ownership can be high—a great alternative is using public transit. In San Antonio, VIA Metropolitan Transit offers bus and streetcar service. You can even get a Semester Pass and travel as much as you want all semester long.

Joining a professional organization can have many benefits, both while you're a student and after you start your career. Look into joining a group like the Salon and Spa Association, an organization that can help you network with local beauty professionals and attend continuing education events.

Also consider these nearby beauty schools. View Arlington, TX, Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX.

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Cosmetology Schools in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio (Ingram Park), TX

Milan Institute in San Antonio, Texas offers the training you need to reach your career goals as a cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician, and cosmetology instructor.
San Antonio (South), TX

Milan Institute of Cosmetology in San Antonio, Texas offers the training you need to reach your career goals as a cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor.
San Antonio, TX

The AVEDA Institute was founded to create some of the most successful entrepreneurs in hair, skin and nail esthetics, makeup and total body wellness. Students are educated by professionals, using innovative curriculums that blend professional techniques with retail and business- building skills. Experience the AVEDA difference and start your journey today!

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