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Associate Degrees in Cosmetology

992 Yearly Graduations
$15,200 Median Salary
$12,000 Median Debt
An associate degree in cosmetology is offered at 148 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 49% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 1.5% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

In 2019-2020, 992 earned their associate degree in cosmetology. This earns it the #28 spot on the list of the most popular associate degree programs in the nation.

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 55,825
Basic Certificate 38,792
Associate Degree 992

Earnings of Cosmetology Majors With Associate Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate degree in cosmetology is $15,200. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses. 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 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 degree in cosmetology. About 94.9% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 51
Women 941
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The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology associate degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 35
Black or African American 162
Hispanic or Latino 227
White 462
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 91
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There are 148 colleges that offer an associate degree in cosmetology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Douglas Education Center

Monessen, Pennsylvania
66 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for cosmetology students seekingan associate degree is Douglas Education Center. Roughly 200 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 66 associate degrees were handed out to cosmetology majors at Douglas Education Center. Of these students, 87% were women and 11% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#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 degrees in cosmetology. Each year, around 3,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Clover Park Technical College awarded 43 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 98% of this group were women, and 49% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

San Jacinto Community College

Pasadena, Texas
31 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate degree is San Jacinto Community College. Roughly 31,100 attend the school each year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 31 associate degrees were handed out to cosmetology majors at San Jacinto College. Of these students, 93% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

26 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate degree is Gadsden State Community College. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 26 associate degrees were handed out to cosmetology majors at GSCC. Of these students, 100% were women and 29% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Palo Alto College

San Antonio, Texas
25 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Palo Alto College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in cosmetology. Each year, around 11,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Palo Alto College awarded 25 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#6

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
24 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Houston Community College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at Houston Community College awarded 24 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 100% of this group were women, and 89% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Central New Mexico Community College

Albuquerque, New Mexico
24 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central New Mexico Community College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in cosmetology. Roughly 21,300 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 24 people received their associate degree in cosmetology from CNM. Of these students, 93% were women and 71% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

22 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate degree is Bevill State Community College. Each year, around 3,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 22 people received their associate degree in cosmetology from Bevill State Community College. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#9

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii
18 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
92% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Honolulu Community College comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in cosmetology. Each year, around 3,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 18 people received their associate degree in cosmetology from Honolulu CC. About 92% of this group were women, and 92% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
17 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate degree is Gaston College. Roughly 5,300 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 17 people received their associate degree in cosmetology from Gaston College. About 92% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois
17 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of DuPage comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at College of DuPage awarded 17 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
17 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Fayetteville Technical Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in cosmetology. Each year, around 10,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Fayetteville Technical Community College awarded 17 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#10

Citrus College

Glendora, California
17 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
88% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Citrus College comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at Citrus College awarded 17 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 88% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Muscle Shoals, Alabama
16 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwest-Shoals Community College is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in cosmetology. Each year, around 3,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Northwest-Shoals Community College awarded 16 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 94% were women and 44% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
16 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate degree is Central Piedmont Community College. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Central Piedmont Community College awarded 16 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#16

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla, Washington
15 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Walla Walla Community College comes in at #16 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate degrees in cosmetology. Roughly 2,900 attend the school each year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 15 people received their associate degree in cosmetology from Walla Walla Community College. Around 46% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

15 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in cosmetology. The cosmetology program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College awarded 15 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 100% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Mt. Hood Community College

Gresham, Oregon
14 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

The 18th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate degree is Mt. Hood Community College. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 14 people received their associate degree in cosmetology from MHCC.

#18

Cerritos College

Norwalk, California
14 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for cosmetology majors who are seeking their associate degree is Cerritos College. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 14 associate degrees were handed out to cosmetology majors at Cerritos College. Of these students, 100% were women and 70% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#18

Eastern Wyoming College

Torrington, Wyoming
14 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Eastern Wyoming College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate degree in cosmetology. Each year, around 1,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The cosmetology program at Eastern Wyoming College awarded 14 associate degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 92% of this group were women, and 8% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Cosmetology Concentrations

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Cosmetology 730
Salon Management 138
Make-Up Artist 77
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 33
Cosmetology, Hair & Nail Instructor 13

Below are some popular majors that are similar to cosmetology that offer associate degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 7,304
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,398
Other Personal & Culinary Services 3

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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