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Cosmetologist Statistics 2022



All information below form Zippia, click here to view full statistics.

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for cosmetologists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 201,401 cosmetologists currently employed in the United States.

  • 92.6% of all cosmetologists are women, while 7.4% are men.

  • The average age of an employed cosmetologist is 39 years old.

  • The most common ethnicity of cosmetologists is White (65.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.5%), Black or African American (11.0%) and Asian (7.2%).

  • Cosmetologists are most in-demand in Brighton, MI.

  • The health care industry is the highest-paying for cosmetologists.

14% of all cosmetologists are LGBT. The AACS reported that 1/3 of all cosmetology professionals are self-employed. This includes cosmetologists who rent a booth at a beauty shop or salon, as well as those who own and operate their own cosmetology businesses. To put that number into perspective, just 7 percent of people in the US are self-employed.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for cosmetologists, barbers, and hairstylists will grow about 19 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than average. That trend is expected to continue.


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