Esthetician Schools in Maryland

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517 Progress Drive Suites A-J
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

(410) 636-7929
Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Massage Therapy

8435 Annapolis Road
New Carrollton, MD 20784

(301) 459-2509
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering
Hair Academy II – Accredited

3705 Branch Avenue Lower Level Unit 1010
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

(301) 899-9100
Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering

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Aveda Institute Maryland – Accredited

227 Archer Street 3639
Bel Air, MD 21014

Chesapeake School Of Esthetics – Accredited

1507 Ritchie Highway Suite 105
Arnold, MD 21012

Fortis Institute - Towson – Accredited

700 York Road
Towson, MD 21204

Institute of Epidermal Sciences – Accredited

312 Marshall Avenue Suite 600
Laurel, MD 20707

Maryland Institute of Nail Technology

1226 Race Road Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21237


7700 Old Branch Avenue D-205
Clinton, MD 20735

The Temple - Annapolis – Accredited

2303 Forest Drive Suite C
Annapolis, MD 21401

Topcurl Beauty Academy - Mitchellville – Accredited

12164 Central Avenue Suite 200
Mitchellville, MD 20721
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Esthetician in Maryland

Maryland Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours or 12 month apprenticeship are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 6 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average for estheticians in Maryland is $34,300.
  • There is a predicted 20% job increase between 2020 - 2030 for estheticians in Georgia.

An esthetician is a skin care specialist. They perform treatments like cleansing, manipulating, or beautifying the skin. Estheticians can also arch, tint, or thread eyebrows and complete hair removal services.

To become an esthetician in Maryland, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Have completed 9th grade or earned your GED
  • Submit proof of completion of 600 hours of training or 12 months as a registered apprentice
  • Apply for a license and pay the $25 fee

You must finish 600 school hours or a 12-month apprenticeship to become an esthetician in Maryland. You also need to pass relevant practical and theory tests.

You may need to undergo a background check. If you have a criminal record, you won’t be denied an esthetics license except in particular circumstances.

In Maryland, you must renew your license every two years. Additionally, you must pay a nonrefundable $25 licensing fee each time.

You can use the State Board's online resources to apply for your license. They also offer email and phone application options.

Or, you could schedule an in-person application appointment. But, there aren't many of those available, and walk-ins aren't permitted.

Besides completing 600 training hours, you must pass two exams. The combined practical and theory examination fee is $79, or you can pay $49 for each exam.

You can schedule your test dates by contacting PSI Exams.

Maryland Esthetics Careers


Average yearly salary for esthetics in Maryland

Job growth looks promising for estheticians in Maryland. The state foresees a 20% job increase—slightly higher than the national projected growth of 17%.

The average annual salary for estheticians in Maryland is $34,300 ($16.49/hour). Salaries range from 10% of workers earning $24,480 or less to 10% of them earning $48,980 or more.

The highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in Maryland are:

Metro Area 2021 Median Salary
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV $44,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD $31,600
Salisbury, MD-DE $30,450
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD $28,990

Table information sourced from O*Net (2022).

How to Become an Esthetician in Maryland

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

In Maryland, you must complete 600 training hours before obtaining licensure. When completing your education hours, you should learn about the following topics:

  • Safety, sanitation, and disinfection
  • Client consultation and professional conduct
  • Skin structure and physiology
  • Skin treatments
  • Hair removal
  • Makeup
  • State laws and regulations

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in Maryland?

12 Month Apprenticeship

Required to earn a esthetics license

You can gain your esthetician's license through an apprenticeship in Maryland.

To become an apprentice esthetician, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete 12 months of training with at least 20 hours per week
  • Have a Senior Cosmetologist or two-year licensed Limited Hairstylist sponsor you

Once trained, apprentice estheticians can get a one-year initial license. It comes with a one-year renewal period.

Maryland Esthetician Licensing Requirements

After your 600 training hours or 12-month apprenticeship, you should be ready to move to the next step. You can register to take both your theory and practical exams.

You can schedule your tests through PSI Exams or by calling 1-800-733-9267. The fee for taking the practical and theory examinations is $79, or you can pay $49 for each separately.

The esthetician theory exam comprises 100 scored and 10 non-scored items. You get 120 minutes to complete it.

To pass, you must achieve a score of at least 75%. You'll answer questions about the following topics:

  • Client consultation and professional conduct
  • Hair removal
  • Makeup
  • Safety, sanitation, and disinfection
  • Skin structure and physiology
  • Skin treatments
  • State laws and regulations

The practical exam contains 102 different scored areas and lasts for two hours. As with the theory exam, you must achieve a score of at least 75% to pass. The test covers the following areas:

  • Pre-exam setup and disinfection
  • Skin cleansing service
  • Face and neck steaming service (model)
  • Face and neck massaging service (model)
  • Mask/pack and moisturizing service (model)
  • Eyebrow arch service using tweezers (model)
  • Blood exposure service
  • Eyebrow arch service using mock cold wax (model)
  • End of exam disinfection

Maryland Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

Maryland allows people from other states to get their esthetician licenses by endorsement.

The easiest way to get endorsed is to have a license and training at or above Maryland's requirements.

If you don't have these, you may need to take classes and complete the state exams.

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

6 Hours

Continuing education required

You must renew your Maryland esthetician license every two years and pay a $25 fee. In addition, if your license expires, you must pay an extra $25 fee to reinstate it.

State law says you must complete six continuing education (CE) hours to renew your license. CE hours build your skillset and ensure you stay on top of techniques, trends, and standards.

Contact the Maryland State Board of Esthetics

Maryland Department of Labor

Artisans of Beauty Association of Maryland
The Maryland chapter of the National Beauty Culturists' League, Inc. offers members higher education opportunities, conventions and trade shows, networking opportunities, and more. Note: Though they admit people of all backgrounds, it's a Christian faith-based group.

ProductionHUB – Maryland
This site helps beauty pros find jobs in the film and video field. It's a national page, but they have a Maryland-specific part.

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