Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
334,660 1.7 % $10.66 $22,170 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.09 $7.18 $9.28 $12.52 $16.79
Annual Wage (2) $12,670 $14,930 $19,300 $26,030 $34,920

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Personal care services 302,690 $10.64 $22,140
Health and personal care stores 2,830 $9.51 $19,780
Technical and trade schools 2,810 $11.82 $24,580
Other general merchandise stores 1,040 $10.64 $22,120
Death care services 720 $12.18 $25,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State government (OES designation) 90 $14.12 $29,380
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 110 $13.16 $27,360
Other personal services (7) $13.01 $27,060
Other amusement and recreation industries 710 $12.99 $27,010
General medical and surgical hospitals 140 $12.95 $26,930

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
North Dakota 1,310 $9.91 $20,610 0.416%
New Jersey 16,090 $10.78 $22,430 0.415%
Pennsylvania 21,890 $9.15 $19,040 0.398%
Maryland 9,430 $10.50 $21,840 0.385%
Wisconsin 10,310 $10.85 $22,560 0.384%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 820 $22.51 $46,810 0.138%
Hawaii 1,140 $13.55 $28,190 0.205%
Washington 6,300 $13.38 $27,830 0.246%
Connecticut 5,850 $13.34 $27,740 0.359%
Alaska 470 $13.17 $27,390 0.162%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 2,790 $10.66 $22,170 0.702%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 340 $12.64 $26,280 0.649%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 920 $12.00 $24,960 0.636%
Danbury, CT PMSA 550 $14.32 $29,780 0.613%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 250 $9.44 $19,630 0.610%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 700 $20.47 $42,570 0.352%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 240 $16.17 $33,630 0.158%
Springfield, IL MSA 200 $15.15 $31,520 0.186%
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA 710 $15.04 $31,290 0.260%
Yakima, WA MSA (7) $14.75 $30,690 (7)

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Personal Care and Service Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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