Salon Management

If you are good at working with a variety of people, taking charge during difficult situations, and working in the beauty industry, you may want to consider a career in salon management.

All over Washington, there are spas and salons of different sizes that need the skills of experienced managers.

State License Requirements

The state of Washington does not currently have a formal license process for salon managers. If you want to earn a license to be the best candidate for these roles, you should earn your cosmetology license. This will help you understand the full scope of salon work, and learn the business skills to be successful. Plus, your workers and your customers will have more faith in your abilities.

Education Details

Part of your education may specifically relate to the beauty industry. For example, you may take classes that cover different beauty careers, look at cosmetology terminology, and explore the laws of Washington’s beauty field. However, other classes may look at this field from a business management perspective. In these courses, you may discover how to manage business finances, learn about human resources, and find the best techniques for encouraging and disciplining staff. As you get close to the end of your education, you should combine these subjects into an internship or externship.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
License Renewal Period

If you pursue cosmetology licensure in Washington, you will need to renew it every two years and pay a $55 fee.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The salary you earn as a salon manager depends on how much responsibility take on, which type of salon you work for, and how much experience you have in cosmetology and management. According to O*Net, the average salary for a Washington spa manager is $37,800 per year. In the years between 2012 and 2022, O*Net anticipates a 17% increase in spa management jobs throughout the state.

Working as a Salon Manager

When you get started as a salon manager, you must get used to the pace of the cosmetology industry and how quickly things move in a salon. Being able to prioritize and change tasks quickly can serve you well in this setting, since you must be able to adapt to the demands of the salon while meeting the needs of your customers and staff. As you get comfortable in your role and get to know your salon, your responsibilities may change. Learning different skills and listening to the needs of your salon owner can help you become indispensable to any salon you work in.

State board Contact Information

State of Washington Dept. of Licensing, Cosmetology Licensing Program
Seattle, WA 98124
405 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502
PO Box 3856
Phone Number: 360-664-6626
Fax Number: 360-664-2550
E-mail Address:

The Washington State Department of Licensing can help with the entire process, as well as answer any other questions your have about obtaining a Washington cosmetology license.

Washington has long been viewed as a place for expressive and broad-minded
creatives. This is also true for those who venture into the beauty industry. To
that end, many consult this base of information for ways to expand their
techniques as well as be equipped in salon management.

Washington Department of Licensing
Associated Hair Professionals
SalonSpa Professional Trade Association


Find the Beauty Schools in Washington that interest you below,

Gene Juarez Academy

2222 South 314th Street,
Federal Way, WA 98003

Program: Cosmetology

Gene Juarez Academy

6007 A - 244th Street SW,
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Program: Cosmetology

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