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Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology

940 Yearly Graduations
$15,200 Median Salary
$12,000 Median Debt
An associate's degree in cosmetology is offered at 148 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 47% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.0% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

In 2018-2019, 940 earned their associate's degree in cosmetology. This makes it the 28th most popular associate's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in cosmetology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 61,023
Basic Certificate 41,711
Associate’s Degree 940

Earnings of Cosmetology Majors With Associate’s Degree

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in cosmetology is $15,200. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $14,000 to a high of $18,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in cosmetology is $12,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $17,083 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $11,850.

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The median monthly payment of a cosmetology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $125.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in cosmetology. About 95.7% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 40
Women 900
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degree in Cosmetology

The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 35
Black or African American 140
Hispanic or Latino 216
White 477
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 63
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cosmetology Associate's Degree Students

There are 148 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in cosmetology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Douglas Education Center

Monessen, Pennsylvania
66 Yearly Graduations
85% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for cosmetology students seekingan associate's degree is Douglas Education Center. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Douglas Education Center awarded 66 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 85% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington
43 Yearly Graduations
98% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Clover Park Technical College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in cosmetology. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 43 associate's degree were handed out to cosmetology majors at CPTC. Of these students, 98% were women and 49% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
31 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jacinto Community College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in cosmetology. Each year, around 30,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 people received their associate's degree in cosmetology from San Jacinto College. Around 71% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

26 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Gadsden State Community College. Roughly 4,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 associate's degree were handed out to cosmetology majors at GSCC. About 96% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Palo Alto College

San Antonio, Texas
25 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 5th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Palo Alto College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their associate's degree in cosmetology from Palo Alto College. Around 100% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#6

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
24 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Houston Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in cosmetology. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their associate's degree in cosmetology from Houston Community College. Of these students, 100% were women and 92% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
24 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Central New Mexico Community College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their associate's degree in cosmetology from CNM. Around 71% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

22 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bevill State Community College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in cosmetology. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 associate's degree were handed out to cosmetology majors at Bevill State Community College. About 95% of this group were women, and 5% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii
18 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Honolulu Community College. Each year, around 3,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their associate's degree in cosmetology from Honolulu CC. About 89% of this group were women, and 94% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
17 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gaston College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in cosmetology. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 associate's degree were handed out to cosmetology majors at Gaston College. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#10

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
17 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is College of DuPage. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 17 associate's degree were handed out to cosmetology majors at COD. About 100% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
17 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fayetteville Technical Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in cosmetology. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Fayetteville Technical Community College awarded 17 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 94% were women and 65% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Citrus College

Glendora, California
17 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
76% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Citrus College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at Citrus College awarded 17 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 76% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#14

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals, Alabama
16 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwest-Shoals Community College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in cosmetology. Roughly 3,400 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Northwest-Shoals Community College awarded 16 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

#14

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
16 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Central Piedmont Community College. The cosmetology program at Central Piedmont Community College awarded 16 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 88% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla, Washington
15 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Walla Walla Community College. Roughly 4,200 attend the school each year. The cosmetology program at Walla Walla Community College awarded 15 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 93% of this group were women, and 27% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

15 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College awarded 15 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Mt Hood Community College

Gresham, Oregon
14 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Mt Hood Community College. The cosmetology program at Mt Hood Community College awarded 14 associate's degree during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#18

Cerritos College

Norwalk, California
14 Yearly Graduations
86% Women

Cerritos College comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degree in cosmetology. Each year, around 17,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 associate's degree were handed out to cosmetology majors at Cerritos College. About 86% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Eastern Wyoming College

Torrington, Wyoming
14 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Wyoming College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in cosmetology. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 people received their associate's degree in cosmetology from Eastern Wyoming College. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

Cosmetology Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Cosmetology 712
Salon Management 126
Make-Up Artist 69
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 20
Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor 9

Below are some popular majors that are similar to cosmetology that offer associate’s degree.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 9,185
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,286
Other Personal & Culinary Services 2

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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