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South Carolina Cosmetologist Salary

Cosmetologists and manicurists in South Carolina are issued licenses by the State Board of Cosmetology after passing the Board exam and completing 1,500 (cosmetologist) or 300 (manicurist) hours of training at one of the State’s many beauty schools. Approximately 1,131 students graduate each year from one of these schools and begin a career that is expected to realize a 12 percent increase in jobs by 2018.

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Cosmetologist and Manicurist Salaries in South Carolina

The following table lists salaries/wages for cosmetologists working as hairdressers/hairstylists/ and manicurist/pedicurists in South Carolina as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2013.

Cosmetologist
Number Employed
3140
Mean Annual Salary
$23020
10th Percentile Salary
$16200
25th Percentile Salary
$17400
50th Percentile Salary (median)
$19730
90th Percentile Salary
$34880
Mean Hourly Wage
$11.07
10th Percentile Hourly Wage
$7.79
25th Percentile Hourly Wage
$8.41
50th Percentile Hourly Wage
$9.49
90th Percentile Hourly Wage
$16.77

In 2014, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce released the following report on the annual salaries of cosmetologists and manicurists:

Cosmetologist
Entry
$16780
Median
$19730
Experienced
$26130

Cosmetologist Salary Variances in Different Nonmetropolitan Regions

Salaries tend to be higher in metropolitan areas than in nonmetropolitan or rural areas; however, there can also be considerable variation between different nonmetropolitan areas. According to the BLS, salary differentials in three distinct nonmetropolitan areas of South Carolina are as follows:

Low Country
Lower Savannah
Number Employed
240
NA
Mean Annual Salary
$25530
$24790
10th Percentile Salary
$16250
$16050
25th Percentile Salary
$17520
$16980
Median Annual Salary
$19770
$18520
90th Percentile Salary
$36400
$46340
Mean Hourly Wage
$11.31
$11.92
10th Percentile Wage
$7.81
$7.71
25th Percentile Wage
$8.42
$8.16
Median Hourly Wage
$9.50
$8.91
90th Percentile Wage
$17.50
$22.28

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

Cosmetologist Salaries in South Carolina

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anderson SC
90
18260
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC
680
22940
Columbia SC
670
25390
Florence SC
90
22020
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley SC
540
21430
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC
180
23700
Spartanburg SC
190
21430
Sumter SC
60
Estimate not released

Manicurist and Pedicurist Salaries in South Carolina

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC
40
22340
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
Estimate not released
19020
Columbia SC
Estimate not released
34590
Florence SC
40
19330

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