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How will your beauty education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a beauty certificate at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 1,725 brick and mortar beauty schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had beauty programs were:

  1. Keiser Career College-Jacksonville - located in Jacksonville, Florida
  2. Z Hair Academy - located in Lawrence, Kansas
  3. Mitchells Hairstyling Academy - located in Wilson, North Carolina

Student Demographics

In 2010, 95,081 students earned certificates in beauty in the US. Of these students, 94,079 received certifications in beauty and 1,002 received an undergraduate degree in beauty.


Students can pursue education in beauty at the following levels:

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

The skills and/or knowledge that beauty students can expect to gain during the course of their beauty education are:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Coordination
  • Nail Care


In 2010, beauty schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $14,176 per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following beauty schools:

  1. Keiser Career College-Jacksonville - located in Jacksonville, Florida, students paid $14,176

The beauty schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Keiser Career College-Jacksonville - located in Jacksonville, Florida, students paid $14,176

How will your beauty job compare?

Some of the most popular jobs beauty graduates in the US pursue include barber, esthetician, cosmetology instructor, salon manager, or makeup artist. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 643,340 beauty professionals were working in the US. 349,420 of these beauty professionals were hairdressers, 9,360 were barbers and 30,230 were estheticians. The following states have the largest number of beauty professionals:

  1. California - 54,540 Beauty Professionals
  2. Texas - 50,760 Beauty Professionals
  3. New York - 42,480 Beauty Professionals

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of beauty professionals is expected to grow by 15% by 2018. There are projected to be 1,122,770 beauty professionals working in the US then. Of these 1,122,770 beauty professionals, the government predicts that 757,700 will become hairdressers, 59,700 will become barbers, and 53,500 will become estheticians. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for beauty professionals over the next few years:

  1. Georgia - 36%
  2. Utah - 30%
  3. Indiana - 28%


Beauty professionals around the US earn $35,043 per year on average. However, factors such as professional associations and certifications, work conditions, and your boss can cause the salary for beauty professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact beauty profession you pursue. Salaries for beauty professionals range from less than $15,310 per year to more than $135,300 per year. Beauty professionals in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Washington DC - $47,540 per year
  2. New York - $45,663 per year
  3. California - $44,652 per year

On average, beauty professionals earn the least in the following states:

  1. Colorado - $26,233 per year
  2. Mississippi - $27,488 per year
  3. Michigan - $30,745 per year

The beauty professionals with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Cosmetology Instructor - $52,790 per year
  2. Makeup Artist - $50,980 per year
  3. Salon Manager - $38,430 per year

On average the lowest paid beauty professionals were:

  1. Esthetician - $32,030 per year
  2. Barber - $27,930 per year
  3. Hairdresser - $26,510 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 349,420 $26,510 3.1%
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 131,800 $38,430 4.8%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 120,290 $52,790 13.5%
Skincare Specialists 30,230 $32,030 32.9%
Barbers 9,360 $27,930 -31.3%
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 2,240 $50,980 109.3%