These Are The 10 Highest Stylist Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do stylists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for stylists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for stylists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for stylists after this adjustment? That would be Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Washington
  2. Virginia
  3. Nebraska
  4. Delaware
  5. Michigan
  6. Tennessee
  7. Wyoming
  8. Florida
  9. Missouri
  10. North Carolina

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for stylists from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $31130, so our index value would be:

$31,130 * (100 / 135.9) = $22,906

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for stylists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Stylist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $36,273 $38,160 105.2
2 Virginia $35,773 $36,060 100.8
3 Nebraska $35,447 $32,470 91.6
4 Delaware $33,195 $33,660 101.4
5 Michigan $32,359 $28,800 89.0
6 Tennessee $31,901 $28,520 89.4
7 Wyoming $31,122 $28,570 91.8
8 Florida $31,007 $30,480 98.3
9 Missouri $30,652 $27,710 90.4
10 North Carolina $30,596 $28,730 93.9
11 New Jersey $30,319 $36,960 121.9
12 Arkansas $30,091 $26,210 87.1
13 Georgia $29,956 $27,380 91.4
14 Kansas $29,822 $26,810 89.9
15 South Dakota $29,768 $30,870 103.7
16 Iowa $29,747 $27,070 91.0
17 Texas $29,669 $26,910 90.7
18 Illinois $29,186 $27,610 94.6
19 Minnesota $28,829 $29,060 100.8
20 Mississippi $28,381 $24,380 85.9
21 North Dakota $28,269 $28,100 99.4
22 Wisconsin $28,057 $27,160 96.8
23 Indiana $28,000 $25,060 89.5
24 Ohio $27,697 $25,980 93.8
25 Arizona $27,663 $27,110 98.0
26 Pennsylvania $27,623 $28,010 101.4
27 Kentucky $27,602 $24,980 90.5
28 West Virginia $27,441 $25,630 93.4
29 New Mexico $27,409 $26,450 96.5
30 Alaska $27,223 $35,690 131.1
31 Idaho $27,166 $25,020 92.1
32 Oklahoma $27,130 $24,200 89.2
33 Colorado $27,061 $28,090 103.8
34 Montana $26,626 $26,840 100.8
35 Connecticut $26,609 $33,980 127.7
36 Louisiana $26,518 $25,140 94.8
37 Massachusetts $26,251 $35,020 133.4
38 Alabama $26,239 $23,930 91.2
39 Utah $26,129 $24,300 93.0
40 Vermont $25,573 $30,970 121.1
41 Oregon $25,484 $29,460 115.6
42 Maryland $24,980 $31,350 125.5
43 South Carolina $24,445 $24,250 99.2
44 Nevada $24,220 $25,020 103.3
45 New Hampshire $23,957 $28,030 117.0
46 Maine $23,853 $26,430 110.8
47 New York $23,664 $31,000 131.0
48 California $22,906 $31,130 135.9
49 Rhode Island $22,734 $27,440 120.7
50 Hawaii $22,680 $38,080 167.9
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