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Hairdressers, Hair Stylists & Cosmetologists
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- 1 out of 517 people in the US was a hairdresser, hair stylist, or cosmetologist in 2012, totaling 611,200.
- Highest employment per capita: Vermont 1 in 281
- Highest number of employed hairdressers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists of any state: Texas 45,100
- Followed by: California (41,400), Florida (40,460), New York (40,160), Pennsylvania (40,160)
Average Earning Potential
- Washington, D.C.: $22.85/hr
- Hawaii: $17.16/hr
- Washington: $16.52/hr
- Connecticut: $14.39/hr
- Vermont: $14.23/hr
Employment Growth Rate
- Between 2012-2022, hairdresser, hair stylist, and cosmetologist jobs are expected to grow at 13%.
- The national average growth rate for all jobs over this same time frame is 11%.
Projected Employment (2022)
- 688,700 hairdresser, hair stylist, and cosmetologist jobs in the US in 2022.
Annual Job Openings
- 220,600 annual job openings created for hairdressers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists.
Highest Employment Growth Rate By State
- Utah: 28%
- Georgia: 27%
- Delaware: 26%
- Massachusetts: 23%
- Illinois: 22%
Highest Annual Job Openings By State
- Texas: 1,800
- California: 1,580
- New York: 1,480
- Florida: 1,260
- Pennsylvania: 1,100
Education By The Numbers
- 1,569 – Number of accredited beauty schools in the US
- 160 – The number of accredited beauty schools in California, the most in the US
- 0 – The number of accredited beauty schools in Alaska, the least in the US
- 1:76,768 – Ratio of beauty schools to people in Idaho, the highest ratio of any state in the US
- 1:982,516 – Ratio of beauty schools to people in Oregon, the lowest ratio of any state in the US
- 12.83 – Average monthly length of cosmetology programs in the US
- 7-25 – Number of months most programs take in the US to complete
- 1,594.12 – Average required clock hours for a beauty school student in the US
- 2,100 – The number of pre-licensing clock hours required for beauty school students in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, the highest in the US
- 1,000 – The number of pre-licensing clock hours required for beauty school students in Massachusetts and New York, the fewest in the US
- $13,715.18 – Average tuition for a beauty school in the US
- $2,625-$24,650 – Most cosmetology programs in the US cost within this range
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges
- Council on Occupational Education
- National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences
- U.S. Department of Commerce – United States Census Bureau
- U.S. Department of Education – College Affordability & Transparency Center
- U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics
Is A Hairdressing Career Right For You?
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