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The Average Salary for Estheticians


    • Full-time estheticians work a standard 40-hour week at resorts, spas and salons, though they may work in the evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of clients. Their median salary is $28,580 yearly, with a range of $16,310 to $51,490. A few work part-time, by renting spaces in salons. Their median hourly rates are $13.74, with a range of $7.84 to $24.76. These figures come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as of May 2009.


    • The employers that hire the largest number of estheticians are personal care services, which include beauty salons and other businesses offering treatments to body and face. They comprise 77 percent of the 28,210 jobs and offer a pay less than the median at $14.86 per hour or $30,920 per year. The highest-paying employers are general medical and surgical hospitals at $19.19 or $39,910. However, with only 50 positions, this workplace is difficult to break into.


    • The state with the best opportunities for estheticians is Rhode Island, with a job concentration of 0.6 estheticians per 1,000 workers. The large supply lowers salaries to $14.07 or $29,270, which is less than the median. The best-paying jobs are located in Washington at $18.58 or $38,650. But the job concentration of 0.2 per 1,000 is a third that of Rhode Island.


    • The BLS predicts that esthetician jobs will increase by 38 percents, which is much faster than the national average for all jobs. The growth will come from the increasing popularity of skin treatment for relaxation and well-being. Job opportunities will be best for those with licenses for a broad range of services. Targeting the increasing population of elderly will also improve prospects.

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