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0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#335 in Popularity
$33,220 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Cosmetology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many cosmetology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 61,023
Basic Certificate 41,711
Associate’s Degree 940

What Cosmetology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, cosmetology majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Cosmetology Majors

Cosmetology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Cosmetology Majors

cosmetology majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Cosmetology Majors

As you progress with your cosmetology degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Cosmetology Major?

People with a cosmetology degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Barbers 13.5% $27,960
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 14.6% $38,400
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 13.0% $24,730
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 12.5% $64,250
Manicurists and Pedicurists 13.2% $24,330
Skincare Specialists 13.7% $31,290
Spa Managers 14.6% $38,400

This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cosmetology in 2019, making it rank #335 in popularity.

How Much Do Cosmetology Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of cosmetology students with a bachelor’s degree is $12,300 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $12,300 (25th percentile) and $12,300 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to cosmetology so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Cosmetology majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $30,190 to $41,710 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Cosmetology Major  ( 30190 to 41710 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some degrees associated with cosmetology may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to cosmetology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 12.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 15.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 45.8%
Some College Courses 7.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 8.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 10.5%
Master’s Degree 0.2%

Online Cosmetology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,715 schools offered some type of cosmetology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2,281 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 2,321 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 187 0
Associate’s Degree 172 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2,281 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Cosmetology Worth It?

The median salary for a cosmetology grad is $33,220 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to cosmetology.

Major Number of Grads
Culinary Arts 26,675
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,965
Other Personal & Culinary Services 320

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