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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Esthetician Salary

$40,369 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$19.41 hourly

Entry level Salary
$28,000 yearly
$28,000
10 %
$40,369
Median
$58,000
90 %

How much does an Esthetician make?

Estheticians make $40,369 per year on average, or $19.41 per hour, in the United States. Estheticians on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $58,000.

Location impacts how much an esthetician can expect to make. Estheticians make the most in Maine, Delaware, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Hawaii.

Highest Paying States For Estheticians

The darker areas on the map show where estheticians earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Esthetician average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Delaware$52,507$25.246
2Connecticut$51,770$24.8916
3Virginia$46,894$22.5586
4North Carolina$47,449$22.8142
5New Hampshire$49,378$23.746
6Hawaii$49,276$23.6911
7Arizona$43,164$20.7539
8Maine$56,070$26.96
9Minnesota$43,062$20.7047
10Missouri$43,247$20.7924
11Rhode Island$41,162$19.7912
12Alabama$42,935$20.6415
13South Carolina$39,471$18.9842
14Nevada$42,816$20.584
15Alaska$46,156$22.19
16Massachusetts$44,307$21.3031
17New Jersey$39,628$19.0586
18Louisiana$38,061$18.3032
19West Virginia$37,869$18.217
20Kansas$39,537$19.0112
21Maryland$39,248$18.8735
22Iowa$40,587$19.512
23Vermont$42,638$20.50
24Washington$39,615$19.0536
25Tennessee$37,498$18.0327
26Michigan$39,401$18.9420
27Mississippi$36,360$17.4825
28Pennsylvania$36,975$17.7859
29Texas$38,272$18.4094
30Florida$36,391$17.50112
31Illinois$37,865$18.2057
32District of Columbia$42,596$20.482
33Kentucky$36,727$17.6613
34Georgia$38,914$18.7118
35California$36,177$17.39273
36New York$38,091$18.3156
37Idaho$38,290$18.41
38Ohio$34,745$16.7032
39Colorado$35,293$16.9723
40Arkansas$33,634$16.176
41Oklahoma$34,187$16.447
42Oregon$23,935$11.5144
43Montana$25,248$12.146
44Indiana$30,917$14.8618
45New Mexico$31,529$15.166
46North Dakota$31,088$14.95
47Utah$26,044$12.5213
48South Dakota$30,302$14.572
49Nebraska$28,105$13.515
50Wisconsin$24,182$11.6318
51Wyoming$27,754$13.34

Highest Paying Cities For Estheticians

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Stamford, CT$52,151$25.07
2Charlotte, NC$47,246$22.71
3Tucson, AZ$44,688$21.48
4Brockton, MA$44,538$21.41
5Chesterfield, MO$44,476$21.38
6Las Vegas, NV$43,559$20.94
7Mobile, AL$43,291$20.81
8Minneapolis, MN$43,045$20.69
9Cranston, RI$41,272$19.84
10Lenexa, KS$40,072$19.27
11Myrtle Beach, SC$39,853$19.16
12Chesterfield, MI$39,551$19.01
13League City, TX$39,541$19.01
14Spokane, WA$38,635$18.57
15Metairie, LA$38,444$18.48

Esthetician Salary Details

Esthetician Salary

What is an Esthetician's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
75th Percentile$48,000$4,000$23
Average$40,369$3,364$19
25th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16
10th Percentile$28,000$2,333$13

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Skin Therapist$26,602$2,217$12.7917,683
Licensed Esthetician$38,958$3,247$18.7313,427
Medical Esthetician$36,010$3,001$17.3147,667
Esthetician Spa$35,244$2,937$16.945,113

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics Jobs (78)
  2. Bliss Jobs (30)
  3. Massage Envy Jobs (1,642)
  4. Spa Sydell Jobs (32)
  5. Ulta Beauty Jobs (286)

Which Companies Pay Estheticians The Most?

The highest paying companies for estheticians are Benefit Cosmetics and Estée Lauder according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Anastasia Beverly Hills and Mayo Clinic report highly competitive wages for estheticians.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Benefit Cosmetics$67,606$32.505
2Estée Lauder$64,949$31.235
3Anastasia Beverly Hills$64,553$31.0422
4Mayo Clinic$44,004$21.16
5Health First$42,256$20.324
6Massage Envy$41,742$20.071278
7WELL$41,715$20.06
8Pacific Hospitality Group$41,531$19.972
9Arden Hills: A Wellness Resort$41,524$19.961
10Soothe$41,494$19.95252
11Aimbridge Hospitality$41,448$19.9318
12Benchmark Group$41,230$19.82
13Corazon$41,147$19.781
14Johns Hopkins University$41,055$19.74
15JCPenney$40,884$19.6665
16The Magazi Inc$40,774$19.601
17Keswick Multi-Care Center$40,618$19.53
18WTS International$40,616$19.53147
19Samaritan Health Services Inc$40,369$19.41
20Amazing Lash Studio$40,369$19.41

How Much Do Estheticians Make In Different Industries?

Esthetician salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the manufacturing, professional, and health care industries tend to offer much higher salaries for estheticians. For example, estheticians make a whopping average salary of $52,432 while working in the manufacturing industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $43,352 in the professional industry and $41,851 in the health care industry.

Estheticians may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $36,169.

Highest Paying Industries For Estheticians

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Manufacturing$52,432$25.21
2Professional$43,352$20.84
3Health Care$41,851$20.12
4Retail$40,755$19.59
5Hospitality$36,169$17.39

High Paying Esthetician Jobs

Esthetician Salary Trends

Average Esthetician Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Esthetician Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$40,400$19.41+6.6%
    2021$37,700$18.12+8.2%
    2020$34,600$16.63+3.9%
    2019$33,300$15.99-0.6%
    2018$33,500$16.09+0.6%

    Recently Added Esthetician Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Treasure Island Resort & CasinoEsthetician-Hourly CommissionRiver Falls, WI06/01/2022$21,559
    Treasure Island Resort & CasinoEsthetician-Hourly CommissionLakeville, MN06/01/2022$21,559
    Massage EnvyEstheticianNashville, TN06/01/2022$65,000
    Massage EnvyEsthetician-ArboretumCharlotte, NC05/30/2022$50,088
    Z Salon & SpaEstheticianHurstbourne, KY05/29/2022$31,305
    Massage EnvyEstheticianRehoboth Beach, DE05/25/2022$83,480
    Massage EnvyEstheticianHouston, TX05/25/2022$52,175
    Massage EnvyEstheticianCincinnati, OH05/25/2022$52,175
    Massage EnvyEstheticianLevittown, PA05/25/2022$73,045
    Massage EnvyEstheticianRochester Hills, MI05/25/2022$52,175

    Esthetician Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Estheticians the most?

    Maine pays Estheticians the most in the United States, with an average salary of $56,070 per year, or $26.96 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Esthetician?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Esthetician if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Delaware you should be paid close to $52,507 per year.

    What type of Esthetician gets paid the most?

    Laser Specialist gets paid the most. Laser Specialist made a median salary of $78,565. The best-paid 10 percent make $87,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $70,000.

    Do estheticians make good money?

    No, estheticians do not make good money. Medical estheticians can typically make around $15.90 per hour ($32,000 per year). The highest-paid estheticians are typically the ones who work in doctor's offices. Other factors such as years of experience and type of esthetician Impact how much you can make.

    Is an esthetician career worth it?

    Yes, an esthetician career is worth it. Working as an esthetician provides you with the opportunity to specialize in many different services, such as lashes or skin waxing. As an esthetician, you can work for a salon, cruise ship, or hotel spa, or you can freelance. You can begin working as an esthetician in as little as nine months.

    Where do estheticians make the most money?

    Self-employed estheticians make the most money, earning between $50,000 to $74,000 per year on average. That is, once a freelance esthetician has developed a well-established and good reputation, or if they open their own successful salon. Also, the location of their business also plays a big role in how much they can earn.

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