Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services. Excludes "Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance (39-5091), "Manicurists and Pedicurists" (39-5092), and "Skincare Specialists" (39-5094).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
355,910 1.1 % $12.88 $26,790 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.10 $8.90 $10.91 $14.59 $20.37
Annual Wage (2) $16,850 $18,520 $22,700 $30,350 $42,360


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 320,540 51.26 $12.88 $26,780
Department Stores 21,010 1.35 $11.58 $24,080
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,340 0.43 $16.24 $33,780
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,420 0.09 $14.02 $29,160
Employment Services 1,140 0.04 $11.34 $23,590

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 320,540 51.26 $12.88 $26,780
Department Stores 21,010 1.35 $11.58 $24,080
Technical and Trade Schools 740 0.48 $13.51 $28,100
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,340 0.43 $16.24 $33,780
Other Personal Services 450 0.18 $11.61 $24,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 530 0.15 $31.33 $65,160
Performing Arts Companies 40 0.03 $27.38 $56,950
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 80 0.01 $20.17 $41,950
Death Care Services 200 0.15 $18.37 $38,200
Health and Personal Care Stores 4,340 0.43 $16.24 $33,780


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 25,010 2.93 1.07 $13.27 $27,600
Texas 24,030 2.27 0.83 $12.94 $26,910
Pennsylvania 23,360 4.17 1.53 $12.34 $25,680
Florida 22,620 3.11 1.14 $12.38 $25,750
California 22,610 1.58 0.58 $13.16 $27,360




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 2,740 4.47 1.64 $11.80 $24,550
Pennsylvania 23,360 4.17 1.53 $12.34 $25,680
New Jersey 15,750 4.15 1.52 $13.52 $28,120
Ohio 20,320 4.02 1.47 $12.18 $25,330
Wisconsin 10,470 3.92 1.43 $11.86 $24,660




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,000 1.52 0.56 $22.85 $47,520
Hawaii 860 1.46 0.54 $17.16 $35,690
Washington 9,640 3.49 1.28 $16.52 $34,360
Connecticut 6,110 3.77 1.38 $14.39 $29,930
Vermont 740 2.51 0.92 $14.23 $29,590





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 14,280 2.77 1.01 $14.84 $30,870
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,530 3.44 1.26 $13.94 $28,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,610 4.35 1.59 $13.48 $28,040
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 7,270 3.99 1.46 $13.45 $27,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 6,850 2.92 1.07 $16.04 $33,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 6,510 2.88 1.05 $11.41 $23,740
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 6,470 2.45 0.90 $14.65 $30,470
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 5,810 3.40 1.24 $13.79 $28,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,650 1.46 0.53 $14.39 $29,930
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 5,530 2.64 0.96 $13.62 $28,330