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Kentucky Cosmetologist Salary

Both the state of Kentucky and the federal government provide distinct sets of salary data for cosmetologists and manicurists. Although cosmetologists are trained to beautify nails, manicurists typically carry out this function in salons.

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Although the 2013 Kentucky entry-level salaries for cosmetologists and manicurists were very similar, experienced manicurists had a substantially higher average salary according to the state’s Office of Employment and Training:

Profession
Entry-level
Experienced
Manicurists
$16345
$43388
Cosmetologists
$16426
$37204

Cosmetologists and manicurists generally have a higher take home pay than these figures indicate, since most customers tip these professionals as much as 25%.

Cosmetology Salaries in Kentucky’s Workforce Regions

Cosmetology salaries in Kentucky varied a great deal between workforce regions. For instance, the average experienced cosmetologist salary in Kentucky differed by $28,780 between the Kentuckiana Works and Green River regions. Professionals in the Kentuckiana Works region had the highest earnings in Kentucky at all levels of experience:

Kentucky Area
Entry-level
Experienced
Barren River
$16425
$32648
Bluegrass
$16350
$45204
Cumberland
$16191
$28166
EXCEP
$16113
$24094
Green River
$16133
$23576
Kentuckiana Works
$17349
$52356
Lincoln Trail
$16438
$27681
Northern Kentucky
$16216
$35482
TENCO
$16177
$38477
Western Kentucky
$16206
$24925

Job Growth Rates of Hair and Nail Professionals in Kentucky

The number of jobs in Kentucky for manicurists is expected to increase by 1.5% a year between 2012 and 2022. This rate is three times that of cosmetologists working as hairdressers and hairstylists.

Most of the job openings for manicurists will be due to growth in the field, while the opposite is true for cosmetologists. Most of the new hairdresser and hairstylist cosmetology positions will come from the need to replace professionals who will leave the workforce.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 cosmetology salary levels in key regions of Kentucky:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bowling Green KY
130
18810
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
4100
26250
Clarksville TN-KY
170
24550
Elizabethtown KY
170
20740
Evansville IN-KY
350
23050
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
180
24590
Lexington-Fayette KY
490
27200
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
1210
27800
Owensboro KY
80
22550
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
190
19380
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
160
20120
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
190
23020
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area
90
19260

In addition, the BLS provides 2013 salary information for Kentucky’s manicurists and pedicurists in selected regions of the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
350
23580
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
30
17400
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN
70
23990

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