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Georgia Cosmetologist Salary

The number of cosmetology jobs in Georgia is expected to increase by 1.1% a year according to the state’s Department of Labor. The average 2012 cosmetologist salary in Georgia was $23,912. Professionals earning in the 25th salary percentile earned $17,636 on average while those earning in the 75th percentile averaged $26,719.

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These figures typically underestimate the take home pay for these beauticians, since customers generally tip at least 10% of the bill.

The highest average cosmetology salary in Georgia was in Bulloch County, while Evans County had the second highest average salary:

  • Bulloch – $33,720
  • Evans – $30,499
  • Spalding – $29,931
  • Oglethorpe – $28,151
  • Oconee – $27,916
  • Butts County – $27,790
  • Clarke – $27,778
  • McIntosh – $27,778
  • Troup – $27,564
  • Glynn – $27,442

Salary Levels of Cosmetologists in Georgia’s Ten Most Populated Counties

Cosmetology salaries in Georgia did not vary a great deal in the state’s ten most populated counties. The highest average salary was in Chatham County, while the highest level of pay for these hairdressers, hairstylists, and manicurists earning in the 75th percentile was in Richmond County:

County
25th Percentile
75th Percentile
Chatham
$18816
$30321
Cherokee
$17399
$23990
Clayton
$18196
$28245
Cobb
$17459
$24658
DeKalb
$17993
$26699
Fulton
$17494
$25154
Gwinnett
$17779
$24494
Henry
$18472
$27570
Muscogee
$18821
$29634
Richmond
$17490
$32875

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of Georgia cosmetology salary levels in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions as of 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Albany GA
50
20940
Athens-Clarke County GA
170
29230
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
6550
25840
Augusta-Richmond County GA-SC
380
19530
Brunswick GA
50
21540
Chattanooga TN-GA
610
26000
Columbus GA-AL
280
25330
Gainesville GA
170
22150
Hinesville-Fort Stewart GA
40
22900
Macon GA
70
20200
Rome GA
50
22410
Savannah GA
260
22990
Valdosta GA
80
27850
Warner Robins GA
100
24140
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area
240
19080
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area
140
19680
East Georgia nonmetropolitan area
70
20100
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area
200
26090

While cosmetologists are trained in beautifying nails, salons typically hire additional professionals such as manicurists and pedicurists for these functions. Because of this, the BLS provides separate 2013 salary data for these nail professionals:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA
Estimate not released
25030

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