Cosmetologist Salary Guide and Career Outlook

The mean pay for U.S. cosmetologists stands at $29,050, while those in Canada earn C$40,570 ($31,915 USD) on average. Cosmetology salaries in the United Kingdom run at 14,518 ($19,365 USD), while the figure in Australia amounts to AU$61,363 ($46,771 USD).

Cosmetologists earn, on a mean basis, NZD$51,530 ($35,477 USD) in New Zealand, INR1,62,082 (INR162,082 in Western form) ($2,507 USD) in India, and R70,000 ($4,944 USD).

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How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make per Year by State?

Cosmetologist Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $14.25 C$20.00 £6.98 AU$30 NZD$25 INR77.92 R33.65
Annual Pay $29,050 C$40,570 £14,518 AU$61,363 NZD$51,530 INR1,62,082 R70,000

Cosmetologist Salary Influencing Factors

The nature of cosmetology positions influences compensation to a fair degree. Self-employed cosmetologists depend on strong client bases or repeat clients to enhance their earnings. The prevalence of part-time workers may also keep pay down.

1. Location

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the District of Columbia ranked first in salaries at $43,630, followed by Washington at $38,160, Hawaii at $38,080 and New Jersey at $36,960.

Job Bank Canada reports that “Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations,” including cosmetologists, saw the highest median wages in Alberta, at $15.35 per hour. Median wages ranked lowest in New Foundland and Labrador, at $12.50 per hour.

As for the United Kingdom, cosmetologists in London earn 30,879 on a mean basis and those in Liverpool make 22, 207. The mean pay is AU$65,315 in Sydney, and AU$59,220 in Perth.

How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make in the US?

Cosmetologist Salary US Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $17,930 $8.62
Maximum $49,050 $23.58
Bonus Up to $4,055 Up to $1.95
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay $17,930 to $49,050

How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make in Canada?

Cosmetologist Salary Canada Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$30,624 C$14.72
Maximum C$48,784 C$23.45
Bonus C$4,925 C$2.37
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay C$30,624 to C$53,709

How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make in the UK?

Cosmetologist Salary UK Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £9,396 £4.52
Maximum £25,169 £12.10
Bonus £750 £0.36
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £9,396 to £25,919

How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make in Australia?

Cosmetologist Salary Australia Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$46,395 AU$22.31
Maximum AU$73,907 AU$35.53
Bonus AU$7,449 AU$3.58
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay AU$46,395 to AU$81,356

How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make in New Zealand?

Cosmetologist Salary New Zealand Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZD$38,930 NZD$18.72
Maximum NZD$62,105 NZD$28.86
Bonus NZD$6,256 NZD$3.01
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay NZD$38,930 to NZD$68,361

How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make in India?

Cosmetologist Salary India Per Year Per Hour
Minimum INR1,24,236 INR59.73
Maximum INR1,97,907 INR82.24
Bonus INR19,677 INR9.46
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay INR1,24,236 to INR217,584

How Much Does an Cosmetologist Make in South Africa?

Cosmetologist Salary South Africa Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R34,059 R16.37
Maximum R100,613 R48.37
Bonus R1,600 R0.77
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay R38,704 to R103,034

2. Experience

According to PayScale, cosmetologists with fewer than five years on the job earn $22,000 on a mean basis. At 20 years or more of experience, the mean pay reaches $28,000.

SalaryExpert reports that new cosmetologists earn on a mean basis $30,624 and those who log eight years on the job make C$48,784.

According to PayScale, entry-level beauticians in the United Kingdom earn on average £14,000. Earnings increase to a mean level of £15,000 for those with five years of experience, £17,000 for those with ten, and £21,000 for beauticians working for 20 or more years.

For cosmetologists with one to three years experience in Australia, pay averages AU$46,395. Mean earnings rise to AU$73,907 with those who have eight or more years of experience. In New Zealand, the average for an entry-level cosmetologist stands at NZD$38,930 , while eight or more years experience results in a mean salary of NZD$62,015.

SalaryExpert states that cosmetologists in India with one to three years of experience make on average INR1,24,236, while eight years in the field earns cosmetologists INR1,97,907 on a mean basis.

In South Africa, beauticians with five to ten years of experience earn 38 percent above the national mean, while entry-level ones make 15 percent below the average.

3. Industry

Cosmetologists work in salons, spas and resorts.

The cosmetology field contains a significant contingent of self-employed workers. Approximately 43 percent of “hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists” are self-employed, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Canada, that portion stands at 47 percent. As self-employed professionals, many cosmetologists set their own prices for services and products.

Schedule & Working Hours

Cosmetologists work both full-time and part-time.

Approximately 69 percent “Esthecians, electrologists and related occupations,” which include cosmetologists, in Canada work full-time. In Australia, full-time hairdressers work on average 37.7 hours per week. According to Australia’s “Job Outlook,” the country has experienced a shortage of hairdressers.

Salons often see their busiest times on weekends, where customers’ schedules allow them to receive cosmetology services. As a result, cosmetologists can often expect to work weekends as well as during weekdays and daytimes.

Bonuses & Benefits

As a group, cosmetologists typically do not get health benefits. This likely is due to the sizable portions of part-time and self-employed in the field.

PayScale reports that eight out of ten cosmetologists in the United States are not furnished health benefits. Only 18 percent get medical coverage, 14 percent report dental benefits, and one in ten receive vision coverage.  However, cosmetologists in the United States make $1,350 on average from profit-sharing and see commissions reaching as high as $10,469.

According to PayScale, a quarter of cosmetologists in Canada enjoy medical, dental and vision care as job benefits. Three out of four do not have employer-provided health benefits.

In the United Kingdom, most beauticians do not have health benefits. According to PayScale, only seven percent have medical coverage and none receive vision or dental care through employment. Beauticians in the United Kingdom average £1.20 in commissions.

Only six percent of beauticians in South Africa have medical care as part of their employment benefits. PayScale does not report any beauticians with vision or dental coverage. However, these professionals collect on average bonuses of R1,600, profit-sharing compensation of R25,500 and commissions of R20,000.

Career Outlook

Employment of “Hairdresses, hairstylists, and cosmetologists” should rise by 11 percent through 2026, projects the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This translates to an additional 65,300 jobs in the field by that time.

In Canada, competition for these jobs appears strong. According to Job Bank Canada, available jobs in the “Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations” field should number 11,700 by 2024. The country will have 14,300 seekers for those jobs.

Australia’s “Job Outlook” estimates between 25,001 and 50,000 openings for hairdressers by 2020. The New Zealand Government rates as “good” prospects for employment of “Beauty Therapists,” sometimes referred to as beauticians.

In India, tourism has helped spur the demand for wellness professionals such as cosmetologists in resorts and spas. Overall, according to India Retailing, the country’s cosmetic industry claimed a market share of INR58,000,000,000 (Approx. $896,936,000 USD in today’s money) and was expected to grow by 15 to 20 percent by 2015.

LDS Employment Resource Services treats cosmetology in South Africa as an occupation with “Moderate Demand.”


Cosmetologists generally earn on the lower end among occupation classes. A strong presence of part-time workers contributes to the lower salaries. While demand for cosmetologists appears healthy, applicants face strong competition for jobs.

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