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:
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:
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 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:
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.
Total Jobs: 9,160
Average Annual Salary: $38,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,670
Average Experienced Salary: $62,580
Location Quotient: 1.19
Total Jobs: 2,310
Average Annual Salary: $32,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,250
Average Experienced Salary: $55,740
Location Quotient: 0.95
Total Jobs: 1,770
Average Annual Salary: $33,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,590
Average Experienced Salary: $56,260
Location Quotient: 1.6
Total Jobs: 10,840
Average Annual Salary: $28,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,360
Average Experienced Salary: $46,860
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 24,620
Average Annual Salary: $30,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,050
Average Experienced Salary: $54,490
Location Quotient: 1.19
Total Jobs: 9,680
Average Annual Salary: $29,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,300
Average Experienced Salary: $48,470
Location Quotient: 1.37
Total Jobs: 6,240
Average Annual Salary: $27,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,190
Average Experienced Salary: $48,570
Location Quotient: 0.9
Total Jobs: 10,190
Average Annual Salary: $36,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,510
Average Experienced Salary: $61,940
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 6,100
Average Annual Salary: $28,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,810
Average Experienced Salary: $47,140
Location Quotient: 0.84
Total Jobs: 16,420
Average Annual Salary: $27,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,320
Average Experienced Salary: $43,990
Location Quotient: 1.11
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.
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