Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists

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Total Workforce

578k

Average Age

39.2

Estimated Job Growth

13%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$23,922

Average Male Salary

$31,936

Average Female Salary

$23,183

About

Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are most often employed by the Beauty salons industry. The average yearly wage for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists was $23,922 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists by wage are Bakers, Sewing machine operators, and Barbers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are Cape Coral City PUMA, FL, Blaine, Lino Lakes & Ham Lake Cities PUMA, MN, and Kendall & Grundy Counties PUMA, IL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are Blaine, Lino Lakes & Ham Lake Cities PUMA, MN, Mentor, Painesville Cities & Madison Village PUMA, OH, and Cape Coral City PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Beauty salons is the industry that employs the most Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, by average wage, is Motion pictures & video industries. Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are paid most in North Hempstead Town (South) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Blaine, Lino Lakes & Ham Lake Cities PUMA, MN.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$23,922

AVERAGE SALARY

± $667

In 2017, Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists earned an average of $23,922, $28,143 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Bakers make somewhat more than Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists while Sewing machine operators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.383

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.383, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, by number of employees, are Beauty salons, Barber shops, and Nail salons & other personal care services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, by average wage, are Motion pictures & video industries, Other personal services, and Department stores & discount stores.

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Industries by Share

578k

2017 Workforce

± 18,629

-1.76%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 4.62%

The number of people employed as Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists has been declining at a rate of -1.76%, from 588,363 people in 2016 to 577,992 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists employed by various industries. Beauty salons employs the largest share of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists at  95.6%, followed by Barber shops with 0.768% and Nail salons & other personal care services with 0.599%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists in the US. The average age of male Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists in the workforce is 42.5 and of female Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is 38.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is White.

Gender Composition

48.8k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,421

529k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 17,828

91.6% of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

72.8% of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.6% of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Age by Gender

42.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.62

38.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.462

The median age of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is 39.2, and Male employees are generally 3.53 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is Business but a relatively high number of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists hold a major in Engineering Technologies.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Service Orientation, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Learning Strategies, and Operations Analysis.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are expected to see a growth of 13% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

13%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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