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Massachusetts Cosmetologist Salary

The number of cosmetology jobs in Massachusetts will increase dramatically in the coming years according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. This agency projects job growth of 24.18% in the ten-year period ending in 2022. This is over 1.8 times the national rate of increase in this field.

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The average 2013 cosmetologist salary in Massachusetts was $32,190. Cosmetologists entering the workforce earned $19,010 on average, while those with experience averaged $38,790.

Massachusetts Cosmetology Salaries in Different Regions

Cosmetology salaries in Massachusetts varied substantially between different regions in the state. For instance, the average cosmetology salary varied by over $22,000 between these regions with the highest and lowest average salaries. The salaries in all of the categories were highest in the Lower Merrimack Valley region:

Massachusetts Area
Average
Experienced
Lower Merrimack Valley
$46112
$56807
Metro South/West
$36622
$43991
Greater New Bedford
$36529
$44721
Central Massachusetts
$34009
$40766
Berkshire County
$33990
$40696
North Shore
$32383
$39410
Metro North
$32754
$39600
Brockton
$31839
$38221
Bristol County
$31321
$36776
Hampden County
$28423
$33704
Cape & Islands
$27534
$31508
North Central
$26608
$29016
South Shore
$26400
$30060
Boston
$25984
$29997
Greater Lowell
$25894
$29929
Franklin/Hampshire
$23891
$26893

The actual cosmetology salaries are generally higher than reported, because it is customary to receive tips from customers.

Employment Levels of Hair and Nail Professionals in Massachusetts

In 2013, 10,290 cosmetologists working as hairdressers, and hairstylists practiced in Massachusetts. Although the North Central region only had 80 of these professionals employed that year, other regions had no fewer than 360 licensed cosmetologists working as hairdressers, and hairstylists. The region with greatest number was the Metro South/West with 2,130. The Metro North area had about half as many cosmetologists working as hairdressers, and hairstylists with 1,120 employed there.

The BLS provides an analysis of 2013 cosmetologist and manicurist/pedicurist salaries for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas throughout Massachusetts:

Cosmetologist Salaries in Massachusetts

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
430
29470
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
8290
31950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
5270
33190
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
350
31840
Framingham MA NECTA Division
350
31550
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
400
28770
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
270
25740
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
50
26240
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
510
25690
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
770
27530
New Bedford MA
290
35240
Pittsfield MA
150
28860
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
1360
27810
Springfield MA-CT
850
27070
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
70
31540
Worcester MA-CT
690
33650
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
40
32160
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
50
Estimate not released
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
80
33300
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
60
25210

Manicurist and Pedicurist Salaries in Massachusetts

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town, MA
50
34590
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
Estimate not released
23960
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
Estimate not released
23270
Framingham MA NECTA Division
Estimate not released
23890
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
130
26230
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
50
23400
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division
60
21010
Peabody MA NECTA Division
170
23150
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA
480
23330
Springfield MA-CT
70
27630
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
Esimtate not released
22390
Worcester MA-CT
Esimtate not released
21600

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