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Colorado Cosmetologist Salary

A growing population and trends for advanced personal care treatments will continue to increase the demand for hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in Colorado.

According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, in 2013, an estimated 11,354 hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists were employed throughout the Centennial State. However, these professionals are expected to number nearly 14,003 by 2023.

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Pay Statistics for Cosmetologists in Colorado

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, in 2013, cosmetologists were paid an average salary of $28,622/yr. and an average wage of $13.76/hr.

An individual cosmetologist’s work history may influence their pay potential in Colorado. For instance, in 2013, entry-level cosmetologists were paid an average pay of $18,139/yr. or $8.72/hr. However, more experienced cosmetologists were paid an average pay of $33,863/yr. or $16.28/hr.

Actual take-home earnings are expected to be considerably higher when including gratuity.

Highest Paying Metro Areas for Cosmetologists in Colorado

In 2013, the Department of Labor and Employment reported the highest paying metropolitan areas for cosmetologists included:

  • Boulder-Longmont: $31,273/yr.
  • Denver-Aurora: $29,294/yr.
  • Colorado Springs: $26,539/yr.
  • Fort Collins-Loveland: $25,561/yr.
  • Pueblo: $25,524/yr.
  • Greeley: $25,376/yr.
  • Grand Junction: $21,790/yr.

Pay Statistics for Nail Technicians in Colorado

In Colorado, personal care professionals must first hold a limited occupational license to practice as a manicurist before they can qualify for a consolidated cosmetology license. These licenses are both administered by the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

In 2013, the Department of Labor and Employment reported the following salary statistics for Nail Technicians in Colorado:

  • Entry Level: $17,451/yr. or $8.39/hr.
  • Mean: $24,078/yr. or $11.58/hr.
  • Experienced: $27,392/yr. or $13.17/hr.

Geographic Distribution of Pay for Cosmetologists in Colorado

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, cosmetologists in various parts of Colorado earned the following in 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boulder CO
630
31330
Colorado Springs CO
650
26700
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO
3880
29370
Fort Collins-Loveland CO
530
25660
Grand Junction CO
150
21920
Greeley CO
160
25450
Pueblo CO
100
25590
West Colorado nonmetropolitan area
240
24760
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
160
38760

Geographic Distribution of Pay for Manicurists in Colorado

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, nail technicians in various parts of Colorado earned the following in 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Boulder CO
70
27110
Colorado Springs CO
Estimate not released
22010
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO
400
24840
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
25240

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