Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Stylists, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer stylists the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where stylists get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for stylists.The result is this list of the best cities stylists:
So there you have it — Springfield is the best city when it comes to being a stylist.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a stylist? That would be Hickory.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for stylists and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for stylists in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well stylists get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 373 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 373 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for stylists in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for stylists.
Total Jobs: 550
Average Annual Salary: $40,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,190
Location Quotient: 2.03
Total Jobs: 1,260
Average Annual Salary: $37,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,190
Location Quotient: 1.8
Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $35,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,060
Location Quotient: 2.39
Total Jobs: 140
Average Annual Salary: $33,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,320
Location Quotient: 1.54
Total Jobs: 90
Average Annual Salary: $32,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,290
Location Quotient: 1.42
Total Jobs: 170
Average Annual Salary: $27,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,330
Location Quotient: 1.67
Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $29,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,940
Location Quotient: 1.37
Total Jobs: 150
Average Annual Salary: $30,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,300
Location Quotient: 2.42
Total Jobs: 3,830
Average Annual Salary: $29,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,080
Location Quotient: 1.49
Total Jobs: 160
Average Annual Salary: $31,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,520
Location Quotient: 1.82
If you’re looking to start out your career as a stylist these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a stylist in America:
|3||Ocean City, NJ||$35,850|
|5||Walla Walla, WA||$32,060|
|7||Rapid City, SD||$29,730|
|8||The Villages, FL||$30,370|
|15||Cape Coral, FL||$33,010|
|18||Atlantic City, NJ||$33,660|
|19||Cape Girardeau, MO||$31,380|
|20||Grand Forks, ND||$31,080|
|24||Sioux Falls, SD||$31,400|
|25||Homosassa Springs, FL||$31,390|
|26||Terre Haute, IN||$28,080|
|27||Montgomery County, PA||$30,400|
|33||St. Joseph, MO||$25,640|
|37||West Palm Beach, FL||$33,360|
|47||Great Falls, MT||$33,720|
|49||Mount Vernon, WA||$34,020|
|53||Hilton Head Island, SC||$26,460|
|55||Des Moines, IA||$34,150|
|59||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$26,810|
|60||Kansas City, MO||$27,790|
|64||North Port, FL||$30,380|
|66||Eau Claire, WI||$29,050|
|67||St. Louis, MO||$26,770|
|69||Lake County, IL||$29,810|
|75||Johnson City, TN||$24,110|
|81||Palm Bay, FL||$28,220|
|82||Grand Rapids, MI||$29,400|
|83||Bay City, MI||$30,400|
|86||St. George, UT||$27,060|
|91||Iowa City, IA||$29,930|
|93||Boise City, ID||$27,510|
|94||South Bend, IN||$23,170|
|100||Little Rock, AR||$26,570|