These Are The 10 Best States For Stylists

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Stylists to open up shop.

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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. Nebraska
  3. Delaware
  4. Michigan
  5. Florida
  6. Minnesota
  7. Missouri
  8. Virginia
  9. Tennessee
  10. Illinois

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:

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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 2016:

  • 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 $31,130 and the average salary in Illinois is $27,610, 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: 9,160
Average Annual Salary: $38,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,670
Average Experienced Salary: $62,580
Location Quotient: 1.19

2. Nebraska

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,310
Average Annual Salary: $32,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,250
Average Experienced Salary: $55,740
Location Quotient: 0.95

3. Delaware

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,770
Average Annual Salary: $33,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,590
Average Experienced Salary: $56,260
Location Quotient: 1.6

4. Michigan

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,840
Average Annual Salary: $28,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,360
Average Experienced Salary: $46,860
Location Quotient: 1.03

5. Florida

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 24,620
Average Annual Salary: $30,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,050
Average Experienced Salary: $54,490
Location Quotient: 1.19

6. Minnesota

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,680
Average Annual Salary: $29,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,300
Average Experienced Salary: $48,470
Location Quotient: 1.37

7. Missouri

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,240
Average Annual Salary: $27,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,190
Average Experienced Salary: $48,570
Location Quotient: 0.9

8. Virginia

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,190
Average Annual Salary: $36,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,510
Average Experienced Salary: $61,940
Location Quotient: 1.08

9. Tennessee

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,100
Average Annual Salary: $28,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,810
Average Experienced Salary: $47,140
Location Quotient: 0.84

10. Illinois

Best States For Stylists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,420
Average Annual Salary: $27,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,320
Average Experienced Salary: $43,990
Location Quotient: 1.11

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. Maine

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For stylists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $38,160 $22,670 9,160
2 Nebraska $32,470 $19,250 2,310
3 Delaware $33,660 $18,590 1,770
4 Michigan $28,800 $18,360 10,840
5 Florida $30,480 $18,050 24,620
6 Minnesota $29,060 $19,300 9,680
7 Missouri $27,710 $17,190 6,240
8 Virginia $36,060 $17,510 10,190
9 Tennessee $28,520 $16,810 6,100
10 Illinois $27,610 $18,320 16,420
11 New Jersey $36,960 $19,820 15,610
12 Kansas $26,810 $16,700 3,060
13 Ohio $25,980 $17,920 17,460
14 Wyoming $28,570 $18,990 470
15 Iowa $27,070 $16,820 3,360
16 Arizona $27,110 $17,720 7,100
17 Texas $26,910 $16,630 22,690
18 Georgia $27,380 $16,970 8,200
19 South Dakota $30,870 $20,750 910
20 North Carolina $28,730 $16,610 7,470
21 West Virginia $25,630 $18,520 1,450
22 Arkansas $26,210 $17,340 1,640
23 Wisconsin $27,160 $16,990 9,270
24 Mississippi $24,380 $16,500 1,420
25 Indiana $25,060 $16,610 6,650
26 North Dakota $28,100 $17,240 1,250
27 Pennsylvania $28,010 $17,040 23,680
28 Idaho $25,020 $16,380 1,570
29 Colorado $28,090 $18,110 7,340
30 Massachusetts $35,020 $20,810 11,440
31 Kentucky $24,980 $16,460 3,250
32 New Mexico $26,450 $17,260 1,160
33 Connecticut $33,980 $20,050 5,790
34 Oklahoma $24,200 $16,740 2,600
35 Maryland $31,350 $17,970 8,560
36 Utah $24,300 $16,780 3,180
37 Alaska $35,690 $20,640 510
38 Alabama $23,930 $16,380 3,450
39 Vermont $30,970 $20,130 570
40 South Carolina $24,250 $16,280 4,330
41 Montana $26,840 $18,110 640
42 New Hampshire $28,030 $17,070 1,960
43 Louisiana $25,140 $16,830 2,830
44 Nevada $25,020 $16,700 3,280
45 New York $31,000 $19,020 26,410
46 Oregon $29,460 $19,940 2,900
47 Rhode Island $27,440 $19,980 1,080
48 Maine $26,430 $17,410 1,130
49 California $31,130 $20,810 27,180
50 Hawaii $38,080 $19,630 1,030

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