The number of cosmetology jobs in New Jersey is increasing 1.37 times faster than the national average. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development expects the rate of growth to be 17.8% between 2012 and 2022.
The average 2013 cosmetologist salary in New Jersey was $29,440. This was more than $1900 greater than the national average. Cosmetologists in the 25th percentile earned $20,680 on average, while those in the 75th percentile averaged $35,320.
Cosmetologist Salary Levels in New Jersey Counties
Cosmetologist salaries in New Jersey varied by county. The highest average salary was in Mercer County, while the highest salary in the 75th percentile was in Warren County:
The take home pay of cosmetologists, hairdressers, and hairstylists is usually greater than these figures indicate, since most customers tip at least 10%.
Job Growth and Employment Levels of Hair and Nail Professionals in New Jersey
New Jersey had the fifth highest concentration of cosmetology, hairdresser, and hairstylist jobs in the country in 2013 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In particular, the Vineland area had the highest level of employment of any metropolitan area in the country that year.
The 27,250 hairdressers, hairstylists, and manicurists employed in New Jersey in 2012 were scattered throughout the state. No one county had more than 18.9% of these professionals. Monmouth County had the highest employment level of hair and nail professionals in New Jersey followed closely by Bergen County.
The BLS provides a detailed analysis of New Jersey cosmetology salary levels in key regions as of 2013:
While cosmetologists are trained to beautify nails, salons generally hire nail specialists to perform this function. Because of this, the BLS places manicurists and pedicurists in a separate occupational category and provides 2013 salary data as follows: