Job Prospects and Salary Information for Beauty School Graduates

Beauty school programs take less time to complete than many traditional types of post-high-school educational programs, yet you still have the opportunity to make money in this field. Let’s take a look at your job prospects with a cosmetology education and the average salary you can expect in this field.

Beauty School Graduate Careers

As a cosmetology students, graduating with a solid education can lead to a number of different fields. Right out of training, you’ll typically work as a junior stylist or assistant, which allows you to continue to get real-world education. From there, you can become a stylist, with the option to specialize in cut or color (or do both). Some stylists also specialize in a specific type of hair (ethnic, men’s, children’s, curly, damaged, bridal, etc.) and at some beauty schools you can also get education in skin care, makeup application, hair removal, and nail care/art. Once you gain experience, you can become a floor manager, shop manager, or even shop owner. You also have the option of going into a specialized hair career, such as special effects, stage, or film hair styling. Teaching is also an option.

Average Salary for Beauty School Graduates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for hairstylists, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is $26,510 annually, or $12.74 per hour. The top ten percent earn an average of $41,540 annually, and of course if you are a salon owner with stylists working under you as well, there is the potential to earn even more. Average salaries for those in related careers are as followers:

  • Barbers: $27,930
  • Manicurists/Pedicurists: $22,060
  • Skin Care Specialists: $32,030
  • Shampooers: $19,140

Keep in mind that your skill level and customer service heavily affect how much money you will make as a beauty school graduate. In this field, it is customary for patrons to give you tips based on service and how much they like the end results, so if you do a good job, you’ll make more money

Other factors that also have an effect on salary include where you work, whether or not you’re a manager, how much experience you have in the industry, what kinds of specialties you have, location, and level of training.