Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists

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Total Workforce

582k

Average Age

39.6

Average Salary

$26,728

Average Male Salary

$40,605

Average Female Salary

$25,304

About

Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are most often employed by the Beauty salons industry. The average yearly wage for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists was $26,728 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists by wage are Janitors & building cleaners, Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers, and Bartenders.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are St. Lucie County (South) PUMA, FL, Salem, Beverly, Gloucester & Newburyport Cities PUMA, MA, and Nashville-Davidson (Southeast) PUMA, TN. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are Ocean County (Northwest) PUMA, NJ, Washington (South) & Greene Counties PUMA, PA, and Memphis City (Central Midtown) PUMA, TN.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Beauty salons is the industry that employs the most Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, by average wage, is Funeral homes, & cemeteries & crematories . Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are paid most in Hollywood (South) & Pembroke Pines (East) Cities PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Ocean County (Northwest) PUMA, NJ.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$26,728

AVERAGE SALARY

± $884

In 2018, Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists earned an average of $26,728, $27,161 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Janitors & building cleaners make somewhat more than Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists while Veterinary assistants & laboratory animal caretakers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.389

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.389, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, by number of employees, are Beauty salons, Barber shops, and Nail salons & other personal care services.

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Industries by Share

582k

2018 Workforce

± 18,697

0.731%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 4.52%

The number of people employed as Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists has been growing at a rate of 0.731%, from 577,992 people in 2017 to 582,219 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists employed by various industries. Beauty salons employs the largest share of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists at  94.9%, followed by Barber shops with 1.08% and Nail salons & other personal care services with 0.541%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists in the US. The average age of male Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists in the workforce is 41.8 and of female Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is 39.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is White.

Gender Composition

54.2k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,713

528k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 17,809

90.7% of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

74.2% of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.8% of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists.

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Age by Gender

41.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.49

39.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.469

The median age of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is 39.6, and Male employees are generally 2.5 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists is Business but a relatively high number of Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists hold a major in Personal & Culinary Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking, Service Orientation, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Hairdressers, hairstylists, & cosmetologists need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Learning Strategies, and Operations Analysis.

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