Washington State was the fourth top paying state in the country for cosmetologists in 2013 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Four of Washington’s metropolitan areas had the highest cosmetology salaries of any cities in the country:
- Seattle – Number two
- Bremerton – Number four
- Yakima – Number six
- Tacoma – Number eight
The Washington State Employment Security Department provides 2014 cosmetology salary levels for the state. These figures are likely to underestimate the actual take home pay for hairdressers, hairstylists and manicurists, because they do not factor in tips.
The average cosmetologist salary in Washington was $35,671. Cosmetologists earning in the 75th percentile earned $43,618 while those in the 25th percentile earned $22,818 on average.
Washington Metropolitan Hair Professional Salaries
The highest paid hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists were in the Seattle area:
The BLS provides a detailed breakdown of 2013 cosmetology salary percentiles throughout Washington:
Nail Technician Salaries in Washington State
Washington’s manicurists made an average of 71.2% of what cosmetologists earned. Their average salary was $25,393. Experienced nail technicians in Washington earned $27,456, while $21,299 was normal for those with just a few years in the field.
The BLS also provides 2013 salary data for manicurists and pedicurists: