Cosmetology in North Carolina

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Schools Offering Cosmetology Programs in North Carolina

Around 1.0% of North Carolina's graduates graduate from cosmetology certificate programs every year. That means an estimated 2,259 cosmetologists graduate from North Carolina's 84 cosmetology schools each year.

Top Schools

Mitchells Hairstyling Academy, which is located in Wilson, is the top-ranked school in North Carolina that has a cosmetology program. It received a ranking of 56th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 10 students graduated from Mitchells Hairstyling Academy's cosmetology program.

Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc, which is located in Charlotte, is the second-ranked school in North Carolina that has a cosmetology program. It received a ranking of 62nd in the country in 2010. In 2010, Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc graduated 37 students from its cosmetology program.

The third-ranked school in North Carolina with a cosmetology program is Mitchells Academy, which is located in Raleigh. In 2010, it was ranked 64th nationwide. In 2010, Mitchells Academy graduated 108 students from its cosmetology programs. The tuition rate at Mitchells Academy was $0 per year.


Tuition at North Carolina's cosmetology schools ranges from $14,508 per year to $1,422 per year. But, the average tuition is $1,884 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at North Carolina cosmetology schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Miller-Motte College-Wilmington - located in Wilmington, students are charged $14,508 per year
  2. Miller-Motte College-Greenville - located in Greenville, students are charged $13,931 per year
  3. Miller-Motte College-Cary - located in Cary, students are charged $10,597 per year

The cosmetology schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in North Carolina were:

  1. Randolph Community College - located in Asheboro, students are charged $1,422 per year
  2. Vance-Granville Community College - located in Henderson, students are charged $1,454 per year
  3. Southeastern Community College - located in Whiteville, students are charged $1,455 per year

A cosmetology certificate from a North Carolina school... what next?

The highest percentage of cosmetology graduates in North Carolina pursue careers as a cosmetologist. If you decide to work as a cosmetologist in North Carolina, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 7,510 North Carolina cosmetologists as of 2010. The North Carolina counties with the largest populations of cosmetologists are:

  1. Anson County - 2,280 cosmetologists
  2. Franklin County - 1,470 cosmetologists
  3. Guilford County - 590 cosmetologists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of cosmetologists is expected to grow by 13% by 2018. There are projected to be 15,750 cosmetologists working in the North Carolina then.


A cosmetologist in North Carolina makes an average of $25,890 per year. But, salaries for cosmetologists can vary. In 2010, cosmetologists made as little as less than $15,360 per year or as much as more than $61,920 per year in North Carolina. A cosmetologist in the following North Carolina counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Chatham County - $31,560 per year
  2. Franklin County - $30,030 per year
  3. Anson County - $27,280 per year

The following counties in North Carolina have the lowest average salaries for cosmetologists:

  1. Alleghany County - $17,530 per year
  2. Alexander County - $17,710 per year
  3. Edgecombe County - $19,650 per year

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Cosmetology in North Carolina
  • Certificate in Cosmetology in North Carolina

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,667 miles from location Regina's College of Beauty High Point NC n/a n/a n/a
5,705 miles from location The Hair Design School-Charlotte Charlotte NC n/a n/a n/a
5,711 miles from location Regina's College of Beauty Charlotte NC n/a n/a n/a
5,709 miles from location Empire Beauty School-Pineville Charlotte NC n/a n/a n/a
5,683 miles from location The Hair Design School-Winston-Salem Winston Salem NC n/a n/a n/a
5,654 miles from location The Hair Design School-Greensboro Greensboro NC n/a n/a n/a
5,604 miles from location Park West Barber School Durham NC n/a n/a n/a
5,597 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Fayetteville Fayetteville NC n/a n/a n/a
5,606 miles from location The Hair Design School-Durham Durham NC n/a n/a n/a
5,591 miles from location Wake Technical Community College Raleigh NC 13.3667 n/a 15,203
5,662 miles from location Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown NC 11.3471 n/a 13,432
5,599 miles from location Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville NC 10.488 n/a 11,203
5,537 miles from location Cape Fear Community College Wilmington NC 12.0971 n/a 9,001
5,807 miles from location Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville NC 14.0717 n/a 7,542
5,518 miles from location Pitt Community College Winterville NC 9.95751 n/a 7,512
5,689 miles from location Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury NC 20.4266 n/a 7,330
5,728 miles from location Gaston College Dallas NC 12.3294 n/a 6,507
5,736 miles from location Catawba Valley Community College Hickory NC 11.2229 n/a 5,528
5,631 miles from location Alamance Community College Graham NC 12.1387 n/a 5,508
5,615 miles from location Central Carolina Community College Sanford NC 13.3093 n/a 5,381
5,510 miles from location Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville NC 11.1007 n/a 5,056
5,748 miles from location Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson NC 13.9257 n/a 4,895
5,625 miles from location Vance-Granville Community College Henderson NC 11.282 n/a 4,645
5,569 miles from location Johnston Community College Smithfield NC 15.2704 n/a 4,446
5,745 miles from location Cleveland Community College Shelby NC 10.3646 n/a 4,279
5,627 miles from location Sandhills Community College Pinehurst NC 10.9464 n/a 4,266
5,675 miles from location Davidson County Community College Thomasville NC 19.4862 n/a 4,101
5,709 miles from location Surry Community College Dobson NC 13.9158 n/a 3,599
5,548 miles from location Wayne Community College Goldsboro NC 12.3838 n/a 3,585
5,525 miles from location Lenoir Community College Kinston NC 8.18783 n/a 3,561
5,715 miles from location Mitchell Community College Statesville NC 10.6088 n/a 3,557
5,497 miles from location Craven Community College New Bern NC 11.0361 n/a 3,458
5,530 miles from location Edgecombe Community College Tarboro NC 20.0774 n/a 3,249
5,675 miles from location Stanly Community College Albemarle NC 18.2742 n/a 3,245
5,549 miles from location Nash Community College Rocky Mount NC 7.44881 n/a 3,219
5,654 miles from location Randolph Community College Asheboro NC 10.4415 n/a 3,044
5,613 miles from location Piedmont Community College Roxboro NC 12.1911 n/a 2,874
5,459 miles from location College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City NC 15.3732 n/a 2,796
5,601 miles from location Robeson Community College Lumberton NC 10.1935 n/a 2,729
5,843 miles from location Southwestern Community College Sylva NC 8.88496 n/a 2,698
5,770 miles from location Isothermal Community College Spindale NC 9.38849 n/a 2,674
5,656 miles from location Rockingham Community College Wentworth NC 11.7821 n/a 2,636
5,798 miles from location Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock NC 12.7292 n/a 2,488
5,586 miles from location Southeastern Community College Whiteville NC 29.1421 n/a 2,393
5,827 miles from location Haywood Community College Clyde NC 19.1878 n/a 2,342
5,547 miles from location Wilson Community College Wilson NC 11.0228 n/a 2,119
5,493 miles from location Beaufort County Community College Washington NC 14.3408 n/a 1,966
5,474 miles from location Carteret Community College Morehead City NC 9.34196 n/a 1,872
5,778 miles from location Mayland Community College Spruce Pine NC 15.7602 n/a 1,719
5,538 miles from location Halifax Community College Weldon NC 13.6824 n/a 1,711
5,585 miles from location Bladen Community College Dublin NC 13.1057 n/a 1,708
5,565 miles from location Sampson Community College Clinton NC 11.7051 n/a 1,613
5,552 miles from location Brunswick Community College Bolivia NC 15.7525 n/a 1,558
5,774 miles from location McDowell Technical Community College Marion NC 11.0913 n/a 1,556
5,545 miles from location James Sprunt Community College Kenansville NC 13.957 n/a 1,534
5,593 miles from location Tri-County Community College Murphy NC 16.6482 n/a 1,386
5,534 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Wilmington Wilmington NC 21.1637 76% 995
5,504 miles from location Roanoke-Chowan Community College Ahoskie NC 6.40777 n/a 963
5,503 miles from location Martin Community College Williamston NC 7.91225 n/a 843
5,594 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Cary Cary NC 22.8054 100% 622
5,482 miles from location Pamlico Community College Grantsboro NC 31.5281 n/a 518
5,586 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Raleigh Raleigh NC n/a n/a 425
5,518 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Greenville Greenville NC n/a n/a 295
5,727 miles from location Carolina Academy of Cosmetic Art & Science Gastonia NC 28.6194 n/a 210
5,613 miles from location Aveda Institute Chapel Hill Chapel Hill NC n/a n/a 188
5,702 miles from location Empire Beauty School-Concord Concord NC 19.6547 n/a 156
5,594 miles from location Mitchells Academy Raleigh NC 36.2725 100% 146
5,657 miles from location Leons Beauty School Inc Greensboro NC 32.9712 n/a 141
5,713 miles from location Regency Beauty Institute-Charlotte Charlotte NC n/a n/a 133
5,609 miles from location Durham Beauty Academy Durham NC 13.2232 n/a 107
5,699 miles from location Empire Beauty School-Matthews Matthews NC 22.5275 n/a 103
5,601 miles from location Paul Mitchell the School-Fayetteville Fayetteville NC 16.1036 n/a 92
5,681 miles from location Regency Beauty Institute-Winston-Salem Winston Salem NC 28.0911 100% 74
5,708 miles from location Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc Charlotte NC 38.2014 100% 69
5,709 miles from location Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology Mooresville NC 34.3431 n/a 66
5,600 miles from location Fayetteville Beauty College Fayetteville NC 6.17508 n/a 60
5,681 miles from location Winston Salem Barber School Winston Salem NC 26.2234 n/a 49
5,606 miles from location Regency Beauty Institute-Durham Durham NC n/a n/a 46
5,666 miles from location The Fila Academy High Point NC n/a n/a 39
5,550 miles from location Mitchells Hairstyling Academy Wilson NC 43.8609 100% 25
5,690 miles from location Regina's College of Beauty Monroe NC 35.4186 n/a 23
5,534 miles from location College of Wilmington Wilmington NC 22.0884 n/a 21
5,516 miles from location Mitchells Hairstyling Academy Greenville NC 13.9922 100% 6
5,547 miles from location Mitchells Hairstyling Academy Goldsboro NC 13.9915 100% 6

Curious what studying Cosmetology gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in North Carolina

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Barbers + n/a $32,660
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists + 7,510 $25,890 18.8%
Skincare Specialists + 540 $34,630 100.0%
Manicurists and Pedicurists + 520 $20,540 44.4%
Shampooers + 110 $17,930

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