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Ohio Cosmetologist Salary

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.

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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:

Hairdressers
Number Employed
19960
Mean Annual Salary
$25290
Median Annual Salary
$21360
10th Percentile Salary
$17120
25th Percentile Salary
$18320
90th Percentile Salary
$38300
Mean Hourly Wage
$12.16
Median Hourly Wage
$10.27
10th Percentile Hourly Wage
$8.23
25th Percentile Hourly Wage
$8.81
90th Percentile Hourly Wage
$18.41

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:

West-Northwestern
Southern
Number Employed
710
290
Mean Annual Salary
$26060
$21880
10th Percentile Salary
$17160
$16880
25th Percentile Salary
$18400
$17710
50th Percentile Salary
$25070
$19090
90th Percentile Salary
$37800
$29680
Mean Hourly Wage
$12.53
$10.52
10th Percentile Wage
$8.25
$8.12
25th Percentile Wage
$8.85
$8.51
50th Percentile Wage
$12.05
$9.18
90th Percentile Wage
$18.17
$14.27

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:

Cosmetologist Salaries in Ohio

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
1510
23600
Canton-Massillon OH
820
23170
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
4100
26250
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
4530
27180
Columbus OH
3650
25520
Dayton OH
1240
23920
Lima OH
160
20950
Mansfield OH
330
23990
Sandusky OH
110
21520
Springfield OH
270
20420
Steubenville-Weirton OH-WV
130
26460
Toledo OH
830
23010
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
670
23380

Manicurist and Pedicurist Salaries in Ohio

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Akron OH
30
20540
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN
350
23580
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH
760
20920
Columbus OH
110
25330
Dayton OH
Estimate not released
21160
Toledo OH
Estimate not released
19280
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA
60
23190
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