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