The demand for cosmetologists:
In January 2007,
there were 1,682,641
professionals employed in
the nation’s 370,215 beauty salons, barber shops, skin care salons and nail
salons. The typical salon is a small full service salon with 5 stations, 3
full-time professionals and 2 part-time professionals. Salon owners report an
average of 127 clients per week.
The salon industry is a job-seekers market. "Salon owners
reported 484,660 job openings were filled during 2006. This represents an
average of 1.3 openings per salon. Nearly 40 percent of all new positions were
filled by inexperienced workers."
"Even with significant levels of hiring, nearly
three-quarters of the salons
that tried to fill positions were
not able to find qualified applicants. The supply of skilled
professionals in the industry continues to fall short of the demand. This is a
chronic shortage that has been reported in earlier surveys of the cosmetology
"The cosmetology industry employs individuals in every town and city in
the country. No community exists without barbershops and hair salons.
They range from single chair operations to large salons with dozens of
"The universe probably underestimates employment in the industry. Unincorporated
individuals who may work out of their home are not included, nor are
organizations that might provide personal care services, but are in a business
that is unrelated to the personal care industry. Examples include department
stores, cruise ships or resorts, and retirement communities."
"The salon industry employs nearly 1.7 million professionals, over half of whom
are fulltime experienced employees who work as cosmetologists. While these
professionals tend to move around within the industry, there were more vacated
positions in 2006 than well-prepared entrants to fill the positions. A sizeable
number of employees (27 percent) leave each year with plans to open their own
salon, work from their home, or rent a booth and become independent contractors. This
suggests that the industry provides the option to start one’s own business."
"Of the various specialties, the increasing
demand for nail technicians appears
to be most substantial. While nail technicians currently make up only 9.7
percent of the current industry employees, nearly 18 percent of the job openings
are in that area."
"The data lead us to believe that growth in the industry is constrained by too
few new entrants to the profession. Demand
for cosmetology services is estimated to expand at least at the same rate as the
growth of the population."
Other key findings:
• 56% of salon employees work full-time, 31% part-time (20-35 hours) and 13%
work less than 20 hours.
• The average salary,
NOT including tips, is about $30,000
to $48,000 per year.