Estheticians provide a variety of skin treatments and facials, things which make the customer look and feel better. As more people pay greater attention to the finer details to enhance their looks, the demand for Estheticians rises. As the demand rises, the Esthetician salary becomes more lucrative.

Average Esthetician Salary

The salaries of Estheticians vary wildly depending on a number of factors. Those in the 10th percentile averaged a salary of over $18k compared to $57k for the 90th percentile. This is more than triple, which is not the norm in many occupations. The average annual esthetician salary was $33k.

Percentile10%25%50%75%90%
Hourly Wage$8.41$9.42$13.89$18.85$27.36
Weekly Wage$337$377$556$754$1,094
Monthly Salary$1,458$1,633$2,408$3,267$4,742
Annual Salary$17,500$19,600$28,900$39,200$56,900

Top Paying Industries for Estheticians

As expected, Health and Personal Care Stores earned the highest at $67k per year. Nursing and Residential Care Facilities was second with $51k annually.


RankIndustriesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Health and Personal Care Stores$32.31$1,292$5,600$67,2002,000
2Nursing and Residential Care Facilities$24.28$971$4,208$50,500N/A
3General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)$22.79$912$3,950$47,40090
4Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)$22.64$906$3,925$47,10090
5General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned$22.02$881$3,817$45,80060
6Outpatient Care Centers$21.92$877$3,800$45,600300
7Hospitals, Privately owned$21.78$871$3,775$45,30070
8Offices of Physicians$19.71$788$3,417$41,0004,000
9Ambulatory Health Care Services$19.33$773$3,350$40,2005,000
10Pharmacies and Drug Stores$19.33$773$3,350$40,200200

Highest Paying States for Estheticians

New Hampshire was the best place to be hired as an esthetician with an average salary of $42k. See the esthetician salary by state comparison chart for a full list of states.

RankSalaries by StatesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1New Hampshire$20.34$813$3,525$42,300100
2District of Columbia$19.13$765$3,317$39,800100
3Arkansas$18.89$756$3,275$39,30090
4Massachusetts$18.75$750$3,250$39,0002,000
5Virginia$17.98$719$3,117$37,4001,000
6Tennessee$17.79$712$3,083$37,000600
7North Carolina$17.50$700$3,033$36,400500
8California$16.97$679$2,942$35,3004,000
9Idaho$16.78$671$2,908$34,900100
10Maryland$16.78$671$2,908$34,900500

Worst States for Esthetician Salary

The state with the cheapest wages for Esthetician was Oklahoma at just under $23k.

RankSalaries by StatesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Oklahoma$10.96$438$1,900$22,800400
2Louisiana$11.68$467$2,025$24,300200
3South Carolina$11.68$467$2,025$24,300400
4Michigan$12.16$487$2,108$25,300700
5Georgia$12.16$487$2,108$25,300400
6Mississippi$12.31$492$2,133$25,60060
7Iowa$13.03$521$2,258$27,100200
8Pennsylvania$13.17$527$2,283$27,400 1,000
9Kentucky$13.41$537$2,325$27,900500
10Nevada$13.99$560$2,425$29,100500

Highest Paying Metropolitan Cities for Estheticians

The #1 cities to work in as an Esthetician are San Francisco, San Mateo, and Redwood City, which are all located in sunny California. The average annual salary of Estheticians in these major cities was $47k.

RankMetropolitan CitiesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA$22.74$910$3,942$47,300400
2Nashua, NH-MA$22.64$906$3,925$47,10040
3Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA$19.90$796$3,450$41,400900
4Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA$19.76$790$3,425$41,100400
5Tacoma, WA$19.47$779$3,375$40,500N/A
6Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV$19.18$767$3,325$39,900800
7Fort Worth-Arlington, TX$18.80$752$3,258$39,100N/A
8Peabody, MA$18.17$727$3,150$37,800N/A
9New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ$17.74$710$3,075$36,900 1,000
10Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA$16.97$679$2,942$35,300200

Top Non-Metropolitan Areas for Esthetician Pay

The best non-metropolitan area to work in is Maui and Kauai which had an hourly wage of nearly $25 an hour.

RankNon-Metropolitan AreasHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Hawaii / Maui / Kauai$24.47$979$4,242$50,90090
2Southwest Maine$16.49$660$2,858$34,300N/A
3North Central Colorado$15.34$613$2,658$31,90040
4East Central Pennsylvania$15.05$602$2,608$31,300N/A
5Eastern Texas$12.50$500$2,167$26,000N/A
6Low Country South Carolina$11.78$471$2,042$24,50050
7Northwest Illinois$10.96$438$1,900$22,80040
8West Central Kentucky$10.91$437$1,892$22,700N/A
9East Central Illinois$10.87$435$1,883$22,600N/A
10Southern Indiana$10.29$412$1,783$21,400N/A

Highest Esthetician Employment Level by States

If you’re not as concerned about the money, then a major factor in determining what state to work in should be the number of employed. The state with the most employed is Texas with over 4k working Estheticians. You will have more opportunities in a state like Texas, California, Illinois, New York, Florida, or Massachusetts.

RankStatesHourly WageWeekly WageMonthly SalaryAnnual SalaryEmployment Level
1Texas$16.44$658$2,850$34,200 4,000
2California$16.97$679$2,942$35,300 4,000
3Illinois$14.66$587$2,542$30,500 2,000
4New York$16.11$644$2,792$33,500 2,000
5Florida$14.66$587$2,542$30,500 2,000
6Massachusetts$18.75$750$3,250$39,000 2,000
7Virginia$17.98$719$3,117$37,400 1,000
8New Jersey$14.62$585$2,533$30,400 1,000
9Pennsylvania$13.17$527$2,283$27,400 1,000
10Missouri$15.72$629$2,725$32,700 1,000

Job Outlook

The growth projection for Estheticians is an astounding 40% from 2012 to 2022. That’s nearly 18,000 new job opportunities. For comparison, all other jobs as expected to grow only 11%.

Employment Projections Data for Estheticians, 2012-2022 
Employment, 2012 44,400
Projected Employment, 2022 62,000
Employment Difference: 17,600
Estheticians40%
Personal Appearance Workers14%
Total, All Occupations11%

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Esthetician Job Description

esthetician salaryThrough sessions with an Esthetician, people can improve their facial health through a number of skin treatments, which includes scrubs, wraps, chemical peels, and special acne treatments. Because of the nature of the work in beautifying clients, these professionals can often be referred to as ‘Aestheticians’.

Training and Experience

Appropriate training is one of the most important factors in becoming a successful Esthetician. In order to become one, you have to possess a certificate which is granted after a specific course at an Esthetician school.

A typical training program lasts between 300 to 1000 hours, during which the students learn about a number of important aspects about skin care like different skin types, how they react to cosmetics, and how best to apply any products. At the end of the program the candidate gets an accreditation from the State Board of Cosmetology in their respective state.

In addition, different states have their own methods and criterion for granting licenses, hence it is best to check with the local authorities about these requirements.

A trained and certified esthetician can get to work in a hospital or a health care facility, often in close association with a dermatologist. Other good places to get work are salons or spas. Even plastic surgeons engage them, as some of the clients need service in skin care post surgery. The salaries of Estheticians in these industries will vary, so if the pay is important to you, please be sure to check the salary tables on this page.

It goes without saying that whatever the student learned in a classroom is mostly theoretical, and the real learning happens when the work starts and the person starts picking the finer details through working with a number of clients. Therefore, clients always prefer an esthetician who has been in the field for a few years.

The hands-on experience not only gives you valuable experience on how the different skin types react to a treatment, it is also very helpful in understanding the clients’ expectations. In addition to experience and skills, a friendly attitude is of paramount importance, and will help you improve your potential income.

Average Annual Salary of Estheticians

salaries of estheticiansAs per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary of an Esthetician is $31,720.  It may take some time to get established as an independent Esthetician, therefore, it is advisable to start your career working with a well-established dermatologist, hospital, or even a spa.

Once you have gained the all important experience and confidence, the possibilities of going independent can be considered, and your potential salary is without limits. Having your own practice will enable you to build your own client base and your salary as an Esthetician will only depend on your ability to provide superior service and build your business.

Benefits of Being an Esthetician

The Esthetician career is great for anyone who enjoys making others feel beautiful and better about themselves. The clients are often very high placed and even celebrities, so there is every possibility that you will be on first name terms with some of the rich and the mighty. For a career that requires minimal schooling, your earning potential is quite high relative to other jobs. Looking at the nature of work, the demand and Esthetician salary of such specialists is likely to grow.