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How will your cosmetology education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your cosmetology education with cosmetology education around the nation. The US has 1,741 brick and mortar cosmetology schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had cosmetology 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 the US, 97,041 students graduated from cosmetology programs in 2010. Of these students, 96,016 graduated from certificate programs in cosmetology and 1,025 graduated from undergraduate programs in cosmetology.


Students can pursue education in cosmetology at the following levels:

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

Cosmetology students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their cosmetology certificate:

  • Skin Care
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Active Listening
  • Verbal Communication


In 2010, cosmetology schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $14,176 per year. The following cosmetology schools had the highest tuition rates:

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

The following cosmetology schools had the lowest tuition rates:

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

How will your cosmetology job compare?

The highest percentage of cosmetology graduates pursue careers as cosmetologists. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 349,420 cosmetologists. The following states have the largest number of cosmetologists:

  1. Texas - 25,570 Cosmetologists
  2. New York - 25,160 Cosmetologists
  3. Pennsylvania - 23,390 Cosmetologists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of people working as a cosmetologist in the US will grow to 759,350. This would require a 17% growth in the profession. The projected growth for cosmetologists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Georgia - 35%
  2. Hawaii - 24%
  3. Utah - 24%


Cosmetologists in the US can make an average of $25,698 per year. However, factors such as your boss, your exact job description, or shift differentials can cause the salary for a cosmetologist to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of cosmetologists earn less than $15,330 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $76,860 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a cosmetologist:

  1. Washington DC - $37,680 per year
  2. Hawaii - $34,490 per year
  3. Washington State - $33,680 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for cosmetologists are:

  1. West Virginia - $20,080 per year
  2. Nevada - $20,490 per year
  3. Kansas - $22,970 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%
Manicurists and Pedicurists 51,990 $22,060 21.0%
Skincare Specialists 30,230 $32,030 32.9%
Shampooers 14,220 $19,140 -11.3%
Barbers 9,360 $27,930 -31.3%