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Maryland Cosmetologist Salary

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) projects job growth of 6.5% in the field of cosmetology between 2012 and 2022.

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Although cosmetologist salaries in Maryland vary widely by region, the average salary was $29,768 statewide as of 2014. Experienced cosmetologists earned $36,155 on average, while those entering the workforce averaged $16,994.

In addition to their formal salaries, cosmetologists generally earn additional income in the form of tips. These can range from 10 to 25% of the bill.

Cosmetologist Salaries in Maryland by Region

The DLLR provides cosmetologist salaries in Maryland’s Workforce Investment Areas (WIA). In all categories of experience, those in Baltimore had by far the highest earnings among the cosmetologists working in Maryland:

Maryland Area
Entry-level
Experienced
Baltimore City
$29468
$44221
Montgomery County
$19069
$41475
Upper Shore
$22054
$36047
Anne Arundel
$16889
$39201
Frederick County
$19334
$34445
Southern Maryland
$16901
$34775
Baltimore County
$16977
$34308
Prince George’s County
$16870
$33641
Lower Shore
$16919
$32526
Mid-Maryland
$16882
$31823
Susquehanna
$17131
$31645
Western Maryland
$16887
$30872

Hair and Nail Professional Employment Levels in Maryland

Not only does Baltimore have exceptionally high salaries for cosmetologists, it also had the tenth highest employment level for the occupational classification that includes cosmetologists, hairstylists, and hairdressers as compared to all other metropolitan areas in the country as of 2013.

Maryland’s DLLR reported that Montgomery County had the greatest number of these professionals in the state as of 2013. More than 1,800 cosmetologists, hairdressers, and hairstylists worked in that area. Baltimore County had the second highest level of employment in the state with 1,580 licensed cosmetologists, hairstylists, and hairdressers. Three other areas were home to a high number of professionals in the field:

  • Anne Arundel – 1,200
  • Susquehanna – 1,140
  • Mid-Maryland – 1,110

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides cosmetologist and manicurist/pedicurist salary information for Maryland’s metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas as of 2013:

Cosmetologist Salaries in Maryland

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baltimore-Towson MD
5310
28960
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick MD Metropolitan Division
2100
33180
Cumberland MD-WV
210
22130
Hagerstown-Martinsburg MD-WV
420
27120
Salisbury MD
290
29310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
6970
36200
Wilmington DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division
1280
34090
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area
230
24750
St. Marys County Maryland nonmetropolitan area
170
25890

Manicurist and Pedicurist Salaries in Maryland

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Baltimore-Towson MD
260
25220
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick MD Metropolitan Division
520
27040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
1090
24250
Wilmington DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division
Estimate not released
21960

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