According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 19,960 hairdressers and 1,680 nail technicians (manicurists/pedicurists) employed in Ohio in 2013. These numbers are expected to increase 17 and 16 percent respectively by 2018, making the career outlook better than average for both cosmetology occupations.
The State Board of Cosmetology licenses cosmetologists working as hairstylists and nail technicians in Ohio. In order to qualify for a license, candidates must complete a specific number of training hours (1,500-cosmetologist/200-nail technician) at a state-approved school and pass a Board licensing exam. Ohio is home to approximately 76 beauty schools from which an average of 3,287 students graduate annually with expectations of earning a mean annual salary of $25,290 (hairdressers) and $21,750 (nail technician). And this does not include tips!
Earnings of Hairdressers/Hairstylists and Manicurists/Pedicurists in Ohio
BLS Occupational Employment Statistics indicate the following salaries for hairdressers and nail technicians in Ohio during 2013:
Differences in Cosmetologist Salaries in Various Locations within Ohio
Cosmetologist salaries can vary significantly between different geographic locations. Salaries tend to be higher in metropolitan areas than they are in nonmetropolitan areas. This is often a reflection of cost-of-living differences but there are always exceptions.
The following BLS table shows cosmetology salary differences in four nonmetropolitan regions of Ohio:
Differences in Cosmetologist Salaries in Metropolitan Areas and Cities of Ohio
It is noted that Mansfield, nicknamed “The Fun Center of Ohio,” has the highest concentration of cosmetology jobs and location quotients in the nation. Lying halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, Mansfield has 330 licensed cosmetologists, which translates to 6.69 of every 1,000 jobs in the city.
The following BLS tables describe cosmetologist and nail technician salary data for metropolitan areas and large cities throughout Ohio: