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Minnesota Cosmetologist Salary

According to the state’s Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED), the 2014 median cosmetologist salary in Minnesota was slightly above the national median at $23,712.

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The median cosmetologist salaries in Minnesota differed greatly depending on where these professionals were employed. The highest salaries were in several metropolitan areas, particularly in Rochester and Grand Forks:

Metropolitan Areas

  • Rochester – $24,981
  • Grand Forks – $24,877
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul – $24,336
  • Fargo – $23,150
  • Duluth – $22,547
  • La Crosse – $22,443
  • Mankato – $20,966
  • Saint Cloud – $19,552

Balance of State Areas

  • Southeast – $23,130
  • Northwest – $19,677
  • Northeast – $19,282

The take home cosmetology salaries are typically higher than those reported, since most customers tip at least 10%.

Minnesota Hair and Nail Professional Employment Levels

In 2013, 9,980 cosmetologists, hair stylists, and hairdressers were employed in Minnesota. Seventy-five percent of them were in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. This area had the fourth highest employment level of this occupational category of any area in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Most of the rest of these professionals were dispersed throughout the state according to DEED. No other area had more than 4.5% of the state’s cosmetologists and hair professionals. Both the Duluth area and the southeast balance of state had employment levels of 450.

Areas with even small numbers of cosmetologists, hair stylists, and hairdressers included Grand Forks with 120 of these professionals. The northeast balance of state had 130, while 200 were employed in the Mankato area.

The BLS provides 2013 cosmetology salary levels by percentile for areas throughout Minnesota:

Cosmetologist Salaries in Minnesota

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Duluth MN-WI
450
24050
Fargo ND-MN
380
26420
Grand Forks ND-MN
120
28000
La Crosse WI-MN
270
23820
Mankato-North Mankato MN
200
23430
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
7500
28620
Rochester MN
300
28030
St. Cloud MN
380
23200
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
390
22350
Northeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
130
22790
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
260
26680
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area
450
24150

Manicurist and Pedicurist Salaries in Minnesota

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fargo ND-MN
Estimate not released
16990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
1270
22950
Rochester MN
Estimate not released
22630

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