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Florida Cosmetologist Salary

As of 2013, Florida had the highest employment level for cosmetologists in the country according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Palm Coast area had the fourth highest employment level for cosmetologists, hairdressers, and hairstylists of any metropolitan area in the country.

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The number of cosmetology jobs in Florida is expected to increase to even higher levels between 2013 and 2021 according to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. The agency estimates a 10% increase in the number of job during this period.

The average 2014 cosmetologist salary in Florida for those with experience was $31,096. Professionals entering the workforce earned $17,493 on average, while the average salary was $26,562

An Analysis of Cosmetologist Salaries in Florida

Cosmetologist salaries in Florida varied a great deal depending on which metropolitan area these professionals practiced in. There was a difference of $10,483 between the highest and lowest average salaries. Cosmetologists in the average and experienced categories earned the most in the Cape Coral area, while entry-level salaries were highest in the North Port area:

Florida Area
Average
Experienced
Cape Coral
$32302
$38380
Crestview
$23608
$26645
Deltona
$24440
$27872
Gainesville
$26582
$31158
Jacksonville
$28059
$33488
Lakeland
$28267
$33675
Lauderdale
$25251
$29162
Miami
$25771
$29890
Naples
$28226
$33426
North Port
$31907
$37066
Ocala
$23504
$26582
Orlando
$24066
$27248
Palm Bay
$24794
$27726
Palm Coast
$21819
$24024
Pensacola
$31346
$36462
Port St. Lucie
$31346
$36462
Punta Gorda
$24586
$28142
Sebastian
$24315
$27726
Tallahassee
$25730
$29910
West Palm Beach
$25355
$29390

Since customers generally tip beauticians 10-25%, the take home pay of cosmetologists is generally higher than that reported here.

The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of Florida cosmetology salary levels in key regions as of 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
940
32040
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL
330
23500
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL
440
24310
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropolitan Division
2180
25170
Gainesville FL
270
26520
Jacksonville FL
1390
28050
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL
380
28180
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
7710
27020
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
3440
25640
Naples-Marco Island FL
560
28130
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL
1130
31560
Ocala FL
350
23500
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL
3030
24010
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL
870
24700
Palm Coast FL
120
21840
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach FL
210
23460
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL
310
31000
Port St. Lucie FL
400
23200
Punta Gorda FL
Estimate not released
24530
Sebastian-Vero Beach FL
190
24210
Tallahassee FL
480
25740
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
3990
25410
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan Division
2090
31210
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
90
23300
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
350
25380
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
80
21330

Nail Technician Salaries in Florida

Although cosmetologists have experience in beautifying nails, salons typically hire nail specialists such as manicurists and pedicurists to perform these functions.

The US Department of Labor includes manicurists and pedicurists in a separate occupational category, providing separate salary data for nail technicians:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
Estimate not released
23850
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropolitan Division
Estimate not released
21130
Jacksonville FL
Estimate not released
25070
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
720
24980
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
Estimate not released
25860
Naples-Marco Island FL
40
33950
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL
Estimate not released
23960
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL
Estimate not released
20360
Port St. Lucie FL
Estimate not released
22230
Punta Gorda FL
Estimate not released
21850
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
Estimate not released
21200
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan Division
300
26020

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