There are a lot of good reasons to go into a particular career field. People who have the highest job satisfaction tend to see their job as a “calling,” something they were naturally drawn to and feel born to do. If you feel this way about becoming a hair stylist, makeup artist, or nail technician, you’re in luck. You will most likely have many years of rewarding experiences in your industry! Other people are ambitious and highly motivated, and are more likely to see their job as a way to climb the corporate ladder. If you fit this description, you might hope to one day have your own line of makeup products or own a chain of salons. Some other people choose their profession for highly practical reasons, such as employment rate, salary, or industry growth. Whatever the reason you have chosen to go to beauty school, it’s helpful to have all the information. Especially if you haven’t made up your mind yet and are still doing research, knowing the statistics about some of your potential careers can be a huge help.
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
Contrary to what you might believe, not all hairstylists and cosmetologists work in salons. Some do, but others work in department stores, nursing care facilities, or in other personal care services. Those who work in salons have the highest average income at $33,780, while those who work as a part of employment services teams make the least, at $23,590. Overall, people in this profession make about $12.88/hour, although those who have made it to the top 10% of their field can average more than $20/hour. Some people in hairdressing or cosmetology also work as a support to another industry, such as on movie sets, for theater companies, or in funeral homes. People who work on movie sets make much higher than average incomes, raking in about $65,160 per year. When framed this way, people who work in salons actually make the least amount of money, coming in behind those who work in funeral homes, at performing arts companies, or as a part of a scientific or technical service. There are more hairdressers and cosmetologists in New York than any other state in the country – a statistic that makes sense considering the number of theaters and movie studios in New York City. However, the state that employs the highest percentage of people as hairstylists and cosmetologists is New Hampshire, where about 4.5 people per 1,000 work in the field. If you worked in Washington D.C. you would make the most money ($47,520), followed by Hawaii, Washington state, Connecticut, and Vermont.
Manicurists and Pedicurists
Just like with hairdressers and makeup artists, people who work as nail technicians have many more options than just working at a nail salon. You might also work in the amusement/recreation industry, at a hotel/resort, or in a department store. People who work in resorts make the most money ($27,560), while those that work in personal care services make the least ($21,200). You could also make over $27,000 working in a department store, at a health practitioner’s office, or at a shoe store. There are more nail technicians in New York, California, and New Jersey than in any other state, although the top metropolitan areas include Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Oakland, California, in addition to New York City and Los Angeles. New York, California, and New Jersey are also the three states with the highest rate of employment per 1,000 people, making it a good idea for you to live in one of these three regions if you choose to work as a manicurist or pedicurist. The exception would be if you want to work in one of the country’s highest paying areas for the profession. In this case you should move to Alaska, Iowa, Tennessee, D.C., or Illinois, if you don’t already live there.