Is the cost of this degree worth the salary it leads to?

After graduation, cosmetology graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $71,058, while the bottom 20% make closer to $22,529. The median grad salary is $40,011.

Cosmetology graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in cosmetology is $35,386, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $37,314.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for cosmetology graduates

The highest paying careers for cosmetology graduates are make-up artist, massage therapist, spa manager and aesthetician, with top salaries averaging around $58,461.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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