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North Carolina Cosmetologist Salary

Cosmetologists working as hairdressers, hairstylists and manicurists in North Carolina are all licensed by the State Board of Cosmetology headquartered in Raleigh.

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Comparison of North Carolina cosmetologist salaries with national averages:

North Carolina
Number Employed
7610
Mean Annual Salary
$27620
Median Annual Salary
$21760
10th Percentile Salary
$16430
25th Percentile Salary
$17960
90th Percentile Salary
$49250

Comparison of manicurist salaries earned in North Carolina compared to manicurist salaries nationwide:

North Carolina
Number Employed
650
Mean Annual Salary
$24800
Median Annual Salary
$22620
10th Percentile Salary
$16490
25th Percentile Salary
$18280
90th Percentile Salary
$36340

The above figures are based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Earnings Report for 2013. Gratuities, which are an important factor in both occupations, are not included in these figures.

Differences in Cosmetologist Salaries within the State of North Carolina

Salaries vary depending upon geographic location. In general, metropolitan areas have higher salaries than nonmetropolitan regions. The following shows cosmetologist salary variations in nonmetropolitan regions of North Carolina:

Northeastern
Western
Number Employed
210
280
Mean Annual Salary
$22080
$21480
Median Annual Salary
$20450
$20500
10th Percentile Salary
$16240
$16510
25th Percentile Salary
$17660
$18010
90th Percentile Salary
$30250
$28590
Mean Hourly Wage
$10.62
$10.33
Median Hourly Wage
$9.83
$9.86
10th Percentile Wage
$7.81
$7.94
25th Percentile Wage
$8.49
$8.66
90th Percentile Wage
$14.54
$13.75

Nonmetropolitan regional salary differences for manicurists are not available.

The following table describes BLS salary and wage data for cosmetologists in different metropolitan areas and large cities of North Carolina (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
410
22960
Burlington NC
120
29940
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
1940
28340
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
480
34030
Fayetteville NC
360
24260
Goldsboro NC
Estimate not released
19740
Greensboro-High Point NC
560
26030
Greenville NC
170
25640
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
Estimate not released
19060
Jacksonville NC
140
21630
Raleigh-Cary NC
1450
32250
Rocky Mount NC
140
25600
Wilmington NC
280
22520
Winston-Salem NC
490
30480

The following table describes BLS salary and wage data for manicurists and pedicurists in different metropolitan areas and large cities of North Carolina (2013):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
Estimate not released
19020
Greensboro-High Point NC
Estimate not released
23630
Raleigh-Cary NC
Estimate not released
30970

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