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Schools Offering Beauty Programs in North Carolina

Each year, approximately 1.0% of North Carolina graduates receive certificates in beauty. In other words, every year an estimated 2,250 beauty professionals graduate from North Carolina's 84 beauty schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in North Carolina with a beauty program is Mitchells Hairstyling Academy, which is located in Wilson. In 2010, it was ranked 56th nationwide. In 2010, Mitchells Hairstyling Academy graduated 10 students from its beauty program.

The second-ranked school in North Carolina that has a beauty program is Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc. Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc, which was ranked 62nd in the country in 2010, is located in Charlotte. 37 students graduated with certificate in beauty from Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Inc in 2010.

Mitchells Academy, which is located in Raleigh, is the third-ranked school in North Carolina that has a beauty program. It received a ranking of 64th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Mitchells Academy graduated 108 students from its beauty programs. The tuition rate at Mitchells Academy was $0 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of North Carolina's beauty schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $1,884 per year, though tuition can range from $14,508 per year to $1,422 per year. In 2010, the following North Carolina beauty schools had the highest tuition rates:

  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 beauty schools in North Carolina that charged the lowest tuition rates 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 beauty certificate from a North Carolina school... what next?

Barber, esthetician, cosmetology instructor, and salon manager are the professions of choice for a majority of beauty graduates in North Carolina. North Carolina had 18,320 beauty professionals in 2010. 7,510 of these beauty professionals were hairdressers, were barbers, and 540 were estheticians. The largest populations of North Carolina beauty professional are working in the following counties:

  1. Anson County - 4,550 beauty professionals
  2. Franklin County - 2,440 beauty professionals
  3. Guilford County - 1,400 beauty professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of beauty professionals in North Carolina will grow by 16%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 24,700 beauty professionals working in North Carolina. The greatest growth for beauty professional is predicted to be amongst Estheticians, who are expected to increase by 29% by 2018.


beauty professionals in North Carolina make an average of $36,006 per year. However, North Carolina beauty professional earned anywhere in the range from as less than $15,360 per year to more than $81,700 per year in 2010. The following counties in North Carolina have the highest average salaries for beauty professionals:

  1. Greene County - $41,217 per year
  2. Franklin County - $40,605 per year
  3. Chatham County - $40,077 per year

Beauty professionals in the following counties in North Carolina make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Cumberland County - $28,165 per year
  2. Wayne County - $28,370 per year
  3. Davie County - $28,390 per year

The beauty professionals with highest average salaries in North Carolina were:

  1. Cosmetology Instructor - $49,780 per year
  2. Salon Manager - $37,070 per year
  3. Esthetician - $34,630 per year

On average, the lowest paid beauty professionals in North Carolina were:

  1. Barber - $32,660 per year
  2. Hairdresser - $25,890 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in beauty in North Carolina and to compare salaries with various related fields such as cosmetology or fashion, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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

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

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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%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 6,760 $49,780 23.4%
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 3,510 $37,070 21.0%
Skincare Specialists 540 $34,630 100.0%

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