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Nebraska Cosmetologist Salary

The Nebraska Department of Labor provides salary data for the cosmetology field. While the 2013 median cosmetologist salary in Nebraska was $21,356, those with experience earned $29,442 a year on average. Professionals new to the workforce made an average of $17,067 a year.

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Cosmetologist Salaries in Nebraska’s Economic Regions

Although the entry-level cosmetologist salaries were fairly similar throughout Nebraska, there was a $9,660 difference between the average salaries of experienced professionals in different economic regions of the state. Cosmetologists employed in the Omaha Consortium had the highest salaries at all levels of experience:

Nebraska AreaEntry-level
Experienced
Omaha Consortium
$17209
$33707
Southern
$16963
$27447
Mid Plains
$17028
$30304
Central
$17159
$24047
Panhandle
$16968
$24672
Lincoln
$17058
$25438
Northeast
$17007
$24988

Since customers frequently leave tips of 10-25%, the actual take home pay of these professionals is typically greater than reported here.

Job Projections for the Cosmetology Field Throughout Nebraska

The field of cosmetology is expected to grow by 1.1% a year in Nebraska in the ten year period ending in 2020. This is 22.2% greater than the expected growth for occupations as a whole in this state. The growth of cosmetology in Nebraska includes hairdressers, hairstylists, and manicurists.

The number of jobs in the economic regions is expected to increase by 0.9% to 1.3% depending on the region. The highest level of job growth is expected in the Omaha Consortium.

Overall, 514 jobs will be created throughout Nebraska during this ten year period. Nearly 70% of them will be concentrated in two regions with the following growth:

  • Omaha Consortium – 2%
  • Central – 6%

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of cosmetology salary percentiles in Nebraska’s key regions as of 2013:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Lincoln NE
530
22640
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA
1650
28050
Sioux City IA-NE-SD
280
21890
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
240
21600
Central Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
200
21650
Northeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
290
21980
Southeastern Nebraska nonmetropolitan area
150
24100

In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a separate set of salary data for manicurists and pedicurists in Nebraska. Although cosmetologists are trained to function as hair and nail professionals, separate licensed professionals generally work as nail technicians in salons:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA
Estimate not released
19800

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