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Schools Offering Beauty Programs in Iowa

Each year, approximately 0.8% of Iowa graduates receive certificates in beauty. In other words, every year an estimated 899 beauty professionals graduate from Iowa's 24 beauty schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Iowa with a beauty program is Faust Institute of Cosmetology, which is located in Storm Lake. In 2010, it was ranked 59th nationwide. 12 students graduated with a certificate in beauty from Faust Institute of Cosmetology in 2010.

The second-ranked school in Iowa with a beauty program is Capri College, which is located in Dubuque. In 2010, it was ranked 61st nationwide. In 2010, Capri College graduated 54 students from its beauty program.

Capri College, which is located in Davenport, is the third-ranked school in Iowa that has a beauty program. It received a ranking of 63rd in the country in 2010. In 2010, Capri College graduated 91 students from its beauty programs. Tuition at Capri College was $0 per year.


Beauty schools in Iowa, charge students an average tuition of $366 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $4,800 per year, or as little as $3,990 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Iowa beauty schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar - located in Calmar, students are charged $4,800 per year
  2. Iowa Central Community College - located in Fort Dodge, students are charged $3,990 per year

The following Iowa beauty schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Iowa Central Community College - located in Fort Dodge, students are charged $3,990 per year
  2. Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar - located in Calmar, students are charged $4,800 per year

A beauty certificate from an Iowa school... what next?

beauty graduates in Iowa can go into a variety of professions such as barber, esthetician, cosmetology instructor, and salon manager. In 2010, there were 7,120 beauty professional working in Iowa, including 3,630 hairdressers, 410 barbers, and 80 estheticians. The largest populations of Iowa beauty professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Dallas County - 1,610 beauty professionals
  2. Appanoose County - 870 beauty professionals
  3. Scott County - 640 beauty professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 11,130 beauty professionals will be working in Iowa. This would require the number of beauty professional to grow by 12%.


On average, beauty professionals earn $32,390 per year. In 2010, however, some Iowa beauty professional earned as little as less than $15,800 per year or as much as more than $108,720 per year. Beauty professionals in the following Iowa counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Dallas County - $39,750 per year
  2. Appanoose County - $37,067 per year
  3. Buena Vista County - $35,137 per year

The following counties in Iowa have the lowest average salaries for beauty professional:

  1. Story County - $21,840 per year
  2. Black Hawk County - $28,565 per year
  3. Adair County - $30,230 per year

On average, the highest paid beauty professionals in Iowa were:

  1. Cosmetology Instructor - $46,650 per year
  2. Salon Manager - $40,650 per year
  3. Esthetician - $26,830 per year

The beauty professionals with lowest average salaries in Iowa were:

  1. Hairdresser - $24,520 per year
  2. Barber - $23,300 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Iowa statistics regarding a career in beauty and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as cosmetology or fashion.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Beauty in Iowa
  • Certificate in Beauty in Iowa

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 3,630 $24,520 -11.9%
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 1,770 $40,650 115.9%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 1,230 $46,650 36.7%
Barbers 410 $23,300
Skincare Specialists 80 $26,830

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