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Updated February 9, 2022
Average Licensed Esthetician Salary
$38,000 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
$18.73 hourly

Entry level Salary
$26,000 yearly
$26,000
10 %
$38,000
Median
$58,000
90 %
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What is a Licensed Esthetician's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
75th Percentile$48,000$4,000$23
Average$38,958$3,247$19
25th Percentile$31,000$2,583$15
10th Percentile$26,000$2,167$13

Average Licensed Esthetician Salary By State

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Licensed Esthetician average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$42,975$20.6615
Alaska$46,275$22.25
Arizona$42,670$20.51576
Arkansas$34,032$16.366
California$42,088$20.232,769
Colorado$36,710$17.65494
Connecticut$49,501$23.8014
Delaware$51,263$24.65149
District of Columbia$41,952$20.1735
Florida$36,061$17.34100
Georgia$38,867$18.6913
Hawaii$48,810$23.4750
Idaho$39,917$19.19110
Illinois$43,110$20.73848
Indiana$24,920$11.9812
Iowa$40,377$19.412
Kansas$40,032$19.25319
Kentucky$40,036$19.25381
Louisiana$38,490$18.5017
Maine$51,953$24.98
Maryland$42,555$20.4631
Massachusetts$41,832$20.1127
Michigan$36,553$17.57694
Minnesota$34,853$16.76719
Mississippi$36,583$17.5915
Missouri$43,414$20.87577
Montana$25,540$12.2892
Nebraska$33,934$16.31235
Nevada$45,268$21.76152
New Hampshire$46,335$22.284
New Jersey$40,808$19.62945
New Mexico$32,908$15.82161
New York$42,508$20.4442
North Carolina$50,506$24.28993
North Dakota$30,356$14.59
Ohio$39,883$19.1722
Oklahoma$34,860$16.764
Oregon$25,443$12.23295
Pennsylvania$36,881$17.7350
Rhode Island$39,076$18.79114
South Carolina$39,180$18.84490
South Dakota$30,032$14.441
Tennessee$37,559$18.0620
Texas$36,081$17.352,211
Utah$27,514$13.23172
Vermont$39,854$19.16
Virginia$45,230$21.7584
Washington$41,073$19.75805
West Virginia$37,614$18.087
Wisconsin$23,829$11.46466
Wyoming$28,579$13.7430

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Highest Paying Cities For Licensed Esthetician

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
Cary, NC$50,702$24.38
Virginia Beach, VA$45,616$21.93
Naperville, IL$43,044$20.69
New York, NY$42,768$20.56
Phoenix, AZ$42,493$20.43
Eastvale, CA$42,445$20.41

How much does a Licensed Esthetician make?

The average Licensed Esthetician salary is $38,958 per year, or $18.73 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $26,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $58,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Maine, Delaware, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Hawaii provide the highest Licensed Esthetician salaries.

Average Licensed Esthetician Salary Over Time

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    Licensed Esthetician Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$39,000$18.73+6.6%
    2021$36,400$17.49+8.2%
    2020$33,400$16.05+3.9%
    2019$32,100$15.43-0.6%
    2018$32,300$15.53+0.6%

    How Much Do Licensed Estheticians Make In Different Industries?

    Licensed Esthetician salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with Manufacturing, Real Estate, and Health Care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a Licensed Esthetician can make a yearly salary of $48,047 while working for Manufacturing companies. All the while, other Licensed Estheticians are making $42,842 at Real Estate companies and $40,637 at Health Care companies. One industry Licensed Estheticians may want to avoid is the Hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $31,612.

    Highest Paying Industries For Licensed Estheticians

    RankIndustryAverage Licensed Esthetician SalaryLicensed Esthetician Salary Range
    1Manufacturing
    $48,047
    $25k
    $58k
    2Real Estate
    $42,842
    $25k
    $58k
    3Health Care
    $40,637
    $25k
    $58k
    4Retail
    $38,511
    $25k
    $58k
    5Hospitality
    $31,612
    $25k
    $58k

    High Paying Licensed Esthetician Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Licensed Esthetician Salary
    A medical esthetician specializes in skincare and works mostly within the field of dermatology. They are required to offer a number of services, including recommending procedures, providing consultations, diagnosing skin conditions, providing treatments, and reducing aging effects. They are responsible for developing treatment plans to suit a variety of clients' needs.
    Skin Therapist

    Avg. salary: $26,601

    A skin therapist is a licensed professional who specializes in recommending and implementing treatments to improve skin health. Their responsibilities revolve around meeting with clients to identify their needs and skin conditions, conduct assessments and evaluations, suggest skincare products, and perform treatments such as hair removal, facial cleansing, and other techniques, ensuring client satisfaction. There are also instances where they may refer clients to dermatologists and other specialists. Moreover, a skin therapist must establish rapport with clients to have a strong customer base.
    Licensed Cosmetologist

    Avg. salary: $34,930

    A Licensed Cosmetologist provides various services, such as hairstyling, skincare, nail treatments, and makeup. They are responsible for complying with health and safety standards.
    Esthetician Spa

    Avg. salary: $35,244

    A spa esthetician is someone who specializes in skin esthetics. As a spa esthetician, you will perform various cosmetic skin treatments and procedures such as body treatments and facials. Aside from these, you may perform other procedures including microdermabrasion, superficial chemical peels, and waxing. Other duties that you may perform include educating clients about proper skincare, preparing esthetics rooms for procedures, and selling skincare products. In addition, you may also perform housekeeping duties as requested, and assist other staff members.
    Esthetician

    Avg. salary: $40,369

    An esthetician is responsible for providing skincare solutions such as facial treatments, hair removal procedures, and makeup services. Estheticians must be highly-knowledgeable on various skin conditions to perform effective treatments and recommend maintenance skincare routines. An esthetician should also be strict on following hygienic procedures, ensuring sterilization of all the tools and equipment used for the procedures. They also respond to customer's inquiries and concerns regarding skincare health and sell products depending on the customers' needs.
    Medical Esthetician

    Avg. salary: $36,009

    A medical esthetician specializes in skincare and works mostly within the field of dermatology. They are required to offer a number of services, including recommending procedures, providing consultations, diagnosing skin conditions, providing treatments, and reducing aging effects. They are responsible for developing treatment plans to suit a variety of clients' needs.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Skin Therapist$26,602$2,217$12.7922,306
    Licensed Cosmetologist$34,930$2,911$16.7916,413
    Esthetician Spa$35,244$2,937$16.944,712
    Esthetician$40,369$3,364$19.412,868
    Medical Esthetician$36,010$3,001$17.3131,024
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    Which Companies Pay Licensed Estheticians The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like The Alaska Club and Massage Envy as they offer the highest salaries for Licensed Estheticians.

    Highest Paying Companies For Licensed Estheticians

    RankCompanyZippia ScoreAverage Licensed Esthetician SalaryAverage Salary
    1$41,345
    2$40,740
    3$38,325
    4$35,114
    5$31,711
    6$31,178

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. Benefit Cosmetics Jobs (4)
    2. Independent Contractor Jobs (3)
    3. Bliss Jobs (2)
    4. Massage Envy Jobs (213)
    5. Spa Sydell Jobs (3)

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    Recently Added Licensed Esthetician Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    European Wax CenterLicensed Esthetician or Cosmetologist (Waxing)San Rafael, CA01/30/2022$52,175
    Hand & StoneLicensed EstheticianHudson, MA01/28/2022$50,000
    Massage EnvyLicensed EstheticianChattanooga, TN01/28/2022$37,566
    Massage EnvyLicensed EstheticianFayetteville, NY01/25/2022$35,000
    Hand & StoneLicensed EstheticianTulsa, OK01/06/2022$35,479
    Massage EnvyLicensed EstheticianPompano Beach, FL01/04/2022$32,000
    Massage EnvyLicensed Esthetician ! *Waldwick, NJ12/29/2021$41,740
    Massage EnvyLicensed EstheticianErie, PA12/20/2021$62,000
    Massage EnvyLicensed EstheticianErie, PA12/20/2021$62,000
    Hand & StoneLicensed EstheticianCrescent Springs, KY12/14/2021$20,870

    Average Licensed Esthetician Salary by Demographic

    Licensed Esthetician Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $39,622
    female-income
    Female Income
    $40,269
    GenderIncome
    Male$39,622
    Female$40,269
    Median Licensed Esthetician Income by Race
    White Licensed Estheticians have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian Licensed Estheticians have the lowest average salary at $36,903.
    $45,000
    $36,000
    $27,000
    $18,000
    $9,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    Licensed Esthetician Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$41,614
    Black or African American$41,537
    Asian$36,903
    Hispanic or Latino$39,588
    Average Licensed Esthetician Salary by Education Level
    Licensed Estheticians with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $42,841 annually. With a Associate degree, Licensed Estheticians earn a median annual income of $42,050 compared to $40,269 for Licensed Estheticians with an High School Diploma degree.
    $45,000
    $36,000
    $27,000
    $18,000
    $9,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree

    Licensed Esthetician Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$40,269
    Bachelor's Degree$42,841
    Some College/ Associate Degree$42,050