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Pennsylvania Cosmetologist Salary

Pennsylvania has the highest concentration of cosmetologists in the nation with 4.42 cosmetologists for every 1,000 jobs. With 4.47 cosmetologists for every 1,000 jobs, Philadelphia enjoys the third highest metropolitan area employment level for this occupation. However, the Allegheny Mountains city of Altoona, which has a total of 340 licensed cosmetologists, boasts 5.87 per 1,000 jobs, the highest concentration of hairdressers in Pennsylvania and the sixth highest in the nation.

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Cosmetologists working as hairdressers, hairstylists and manicurists in Pennsylvania are licensed by the State Board of Cosmetology.

Cosmetologist and Manicurist Salaries in Pennsylvania

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports cosmetology and manicurist salaries in Pennsylvania were as follows in 2013:

Cosmetologist
Number Employed
24820
Mean Annual Salary
$25910
10th Percentile Salary
$16870
25th Percentile Salary
$19200
50th Percentile Salary (median)
$23230
90th Percentile Salary
$38250
Mean Hourly Wage
$12.45
10th Percentile Hourly Wage
$8.11
25th Percentile Hourly Wage
$9.23
50th Percentile Hourly Wage
$11.17
90th Percentile Hourly Wage
$18.39

Salaries vary in different geographic locations. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary data for four nonmetropolitan regions of Pennsylvania are shown here:

Northeastern
Far Western
Number Employed
560
610
Mean Annual Salary/Hourly Wage
$22330/$10.73
$23720/$11.47
10th Percentile Salary/Hourly Wage
$16330/$7.85
$16850/$8.10
25th Percentile Salary/Hourly Wage
$17820/$8.57
$19050/$9.16
Median Annual Salary/Hourly Wage
$20800/$10.00
$23080/$11.10
90th Percentile Salary/Hourly Wage
$30860/$14.84
$32090/$15.41

Regional salary statistics are not available for manicurists.

The following BLS tables describe cosmetologist and manicurist salary data for metropolitan areas and large cities in Pennsylvania.

Cosmetologist Salaries in Pennsylvania

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
1700
23740
Altoona PA
340
21860
Erie PA
570
23170
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
1330
27900
Johnstown PA
300
27560
Lancaster PA
1010
28710
Lebanon PA
170
22500
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
8220
27590
Pittsburgh PA
5740
24190
Reading PA
800
25090
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
1040
27970
State College PA
260
23130
Williamsport PA
160
21090
York-Hanover PA
790
30460

Manicurist and Pedicurist Salaries in Pennsylvania

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ
1700
23740
Altoona PA
340
21860
Erie PA
570
23170
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA
1330
27900
Johnstown PA
300
27560
Lancaster PA
1010
28710
Lebanon PA
170
22500
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division
8220
27590
Pittsburgh PA
5740
24190
Reading PA
800
25090
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA
1040
27970
State College PA
260
23130
Williamsport PA
160
21090
York-Hanover PA
790
30460

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