The 10 Best States For Stylists In 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Stylists are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as stylists in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since stylists are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where stylists have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for stylists.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s stylists:

  1. Washington
  2. Delaware
  3. Colorado
  4. Michigan
  5. Florida
  6. Illinois
  7. Nebraska
  8. Minnesota
  9. Missouri
  10. Idaho

So there you have it — Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists is the best of the best when it comes to being a stylist.

How did Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for stylists and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a stylist

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states 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 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for stylists in California is $31,400 and the average salary in Illinois is $29,900, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for stylists in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for stylists.

1. Washington

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,610
Average Annual Salary: $40,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,750
Average Experienced Salary: $64,250
Location Quotient: 1.25

2. Delaware

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,910
Average Annual Salary: $35,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,970
Average Experienced Salary: $61,460
Location Quotient: 1.64

3. Colorado

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,140
Average Annual Salary: $34,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,230
Average Experienced Salary: $59,690
Location Quotient: 1.19

4. Michigan

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,870
Average Annual Salary: $29,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,530
Average Experienced Salary: $47,030
Location Quotient: 1.14

5. Florida

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 26,800
Average Annual Salary: $31,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,320
Average Experienced Salary: $58,530
Location Quotient: 1.19

6. Illinois

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 15,790
Average Annual Salary: $29,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,270
Average Experienced Salary: $52,810
Location Quotient: 1.01

7. Nebraska

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,480
Average Annual Salary: $28,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,190
Average Experienced Salary: $47,140
Location Quotient: 0.97

8. Minnesota

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,950
Average Annual Salary: $30,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,850
Average Experienced Salary: $47,270
Location Quotient: 1.33

9. Missouri

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,030
Average Annual Salary: $28,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,530
Average Experienced Salary: $47,810
Location Quotient: 0.96

10. Idaho

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $31,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,400
Average Experienced Salary: $57,580
Location Quotient: 0.78

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Stylist

If you’re looking to start out your career as a stylist these are the states 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 states to be a stylist in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. California
  3. Nevada

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For stylists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $40,910 $24,750 10,610
2 Delaware $35,810 $18,970 1,910
3 Colorado $34,830 $21,230 8,140
4 Michigan $29,080 $19,530 12,870
5 Florida $31,530 $18,320 26,800
6 Illinois $29,900 $18,270 15,790
7 Nebraska $28,850 $19,190 2,480
8 Minnesota $30,690 $20,850 9,950
9 Missouri $28,620 $17,530 7,030
10 Idaho $31,090 $17,400 1,430
11 Tennessee $28,300 $16,950 6,980
12 Arizona $29,010 $21,850 8,810
13 Massachusetts $42,260 $23,730 10,990
14 Virginia $34,250 $17,170 9,530
15 Iowa $28,360 $17,160 3,590
16 Ohio $27,300 $18,190 16,990
17 Indiana $27,460 $16,850 6,880
18 Wyoming $30,000 $19,020 440
19 New Jersey $37,230 $19,220 17,400
20 Wisconsin $28,970 $17,130 9,140
21 Kentucky $27,270 $16,790 3,590
22 South Dakota $30,630 $21,190 940
23 Vermont $35,700 $22,180 610
24 Kansas $25,620 $16,310 3,330
25 North Carolina $28,550 $16,680 8,110
26 Georgia $26,960 $16,770 9,370
27 Mississippi $25,800 $16,780 1,320
28 Texas $25,520 $16,530 28,020
29 North Dakota $28,240 $16,990 1,100
30 Pennsylvania $26,990 $16,720 24,460
31 Oklahoma $25,180 $16,700 3,160
32 Utah $26,370 $16,890 3,010
33 Connecticut $34,140 $21,940 4,760
34 New Hampshire $28,770 $16,600 2,770
35 Arkansas $23,890 $18,400 1,770
36 West Virginia $24,260 $19,020 1,320
37 Maine $28,680 $20,810 1,070
38 Maryland $30,590 $19,700 9,540
39 Alabama $23,490 $16,580 4,450
40 South Carolina $24,090 $16,500 4,890
41 Montana $26,170 $18,390 660
42 New York $30,920 $21,640 23,650
43 Rhode Island $28,730 $21,400 930
44 Oregon $28,050 $21,280 2,760
45 Louisiana $22,990 $16,420 3,190
46 New Mexico $23,370 $17,070 1,520
47 Alaska $32,170 $21,590 550
48 Nevada $23,420 $16,490 2,960
49 California $31,400 $22,470 33,570
50 Hawaii $34,300 $21,030 1,190
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