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Louisiana Cosmetologist Salary

Since salons generally have dedicated nail care specialists working as manicurists and pedicurists, both Louisiana and the federal government consider them to be a separate occupation from cosmetologists and provide salary information for both types of professions.

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Salary data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission indicates that the 2013 cosmetologist salaries in Louisiana were higher than those for manicurists in all salary brackets. The difference was especially pronounced for professionals in the 90th percentile.

Profession
Average
90th Percentile
Cosmetologists
$23800
$34470
Manicurists
$20860
$29830

These figures are likely to underestimate the actual take home pay, since most customers tip their cosmetologists and manicurists.

Cosmetology Salaries in Louisiana’s Labor Market Regions

The 2013 average cosmetologist salary in Louisiana was highest in the New Orleans region. The highest average salary in the 90th percentile bracket was in the Lake Charles region:

Louisiana Area
Average
90th Percentile
New Orleans
$26335
$38238
Lake Charles
$25250
$41497
Lafayette
$24268
$36374
Monroe
$24113
$32308
Shreveport
$22767
$30470
Alexandria
$22411
$29517
Baton Rouge
$21501
$28863

Hair and Nail Professional Employment Levels in Louisiana

In 2013, 3,090 hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists practiced in Louisiana. Fewer numbers of manicurists were employed in Louisiana that year. There were 690 such professionals in the state.

The greatest concentration of cosmetologists working as hairdressers and hairstylists were in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions. Together, these regions held 62.8% of these hair professionals. The Shreveport region had the third greatest concentration of these beauticians, with 12.3% of the state’s total.

Job Growth Rates of Louisiana’s Hair and Nail Professionals

The number of manicurist jobs is expected to increase at a higher rate than hairdresser and hairstylist cosmetologist jobs. A job growth rate of 17.7% is expected for manicurists between 2012 and 2022, as compared to 14.3% growth for cosmetologists. Most of the new manicurist jobs will come from growth in the field, while cosmetologist positions will become available as professionals leave the workforce.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides an analysis of 2013 cosmetology salary levels in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan regions of Louisiana:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alexandria LA
Estimate not released
25360
Baton Rouge LA
900
21340
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux LA
150
23220
Lafayette LA
210
24910
Lake Charles LA
200
25420
Monroe LA
Estimate not released
24760
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
950
26330
Shreveport-Bossier City LA
350
22680
Hammond nonmetropolitan area
90
23160
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area
50
19650
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
60
22130

The BLS also provides 2013 salary information for Louisiana’s manicurists and pedicurists in selected regions of the state:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baton Rouge LA
140
20350
Lafayette LA
Estimate not released
18350
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA
320
22240
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
17820

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