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2021 Best Value Cosmetology Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

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$5,459 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$15,675 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Cosmetology School for You

In 2018-2019, 103,674 degrees and certificates were awarded to cosmetology students, making the major the most popular in the country.

With all the trade school programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Trade College Search has created the Best Value Cosmetology Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 925 schools in the United States to see which programs offered the best value experiences for cosmetology students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Cosmetology Schools in the United States

Check out the cosmetology programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Cosmetology

$5,740 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Clover Park Technical College the best value school in the United States for cosmetology students. CPTC is a small public school located in the city of Lakewood.

CPTC undergraduate students pay an average of $5,740 in tuition and fees each year.

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$2,984 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Clovis Community College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best cosmetology schools in the United States. Located in the remote town of Clovis, Clovis Community College is a public school with a small student population.

Clovis Community College undergraduate students pay an average of $2,984 in tuition and fees each year.

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$3,990 Average Tuition & Fees

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend McLennan Community College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Cosmetology Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Waco, MCC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at MCC are $3,990 per year.

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#4

Johnson County Community College

Overland Park, KS

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Johnson County Community College. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Cosmetology Schools list. JCCC is a fairly large public school located in the city of Overland Park.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at JCCC are $6,690 a year.

In addition to its great value ranking, JCCC is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Trade Schools list.

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#5

Clarendon College

Clarendon, TX
$4,008 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 925 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Clarendon College landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the rural area of Clarendon, Clarendon College is a public college with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Clarendon College are $4,008 a year.

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Lake Area Technical Institute landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value cosmetology programs. LATI is a small public school located in the town of Watertown.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at LATI are $5,514 a year.

LATI also claimed a spot on our Best Cosmetology Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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$5,040 Average Tuition & Fees

San Jacinto Community College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Schools list. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Pasadena.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at San Jacinto College are $5,040 a year.

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#8

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, MN
$5,736 Average Tuition & Fees

Saint Paul College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Saint Paul College is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Saint Paul College are $5,736 a year.

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With a ranking of #9, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students. Located in the rural area of Fennimore, Southwest Tech is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Southwest Tech are $6,481 a year.

Southwest Tech also claimed a spot on our Best Cosmetology Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#10

South Plains College

Levelland, TX
$4,088 Average Tuition & Fees

South Plains College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value cosmetology programs. South Plains College is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Levelland.

South Plains College undergraduate students pay an average of $4,088 in tuition and fees each year.

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Chippewa Valley Technical College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value cosmetology programs. CVTC is a moderately-sized public school located in the small city of Eau Claire.

CVTC undergraduate students pay an average of $6,481 in tuition and fees each year.

CVTC also claimed a spot on our Best Cosmetology Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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$6,575 Average Tuition & Fees

Gateway Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for cosmetology students. It came in at #12 on the list. Gateway Technical College is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Kenosha.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Gateway Technical College are $6,575 a year.

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#13

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA
$5,422 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #13, Savannah Technical College did quite well on this year’s best value schools for cosmetology students. Savannah Tech is a small public school located in the city of Savannah.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Savannah Tech are $5,422 per year.

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$4,824 Average Tuition & Fees

Wharton County Junior College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Schools ranking. Wharton County Junior College is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Wharton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Wharton County Junior College are $4,824 per year.

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$5,552 Average Tuition & Fees

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value cosmetology programs. Located in the suburb of Valdosta, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,552 in tuition and fees each year.

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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ranked #16 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Schools list. Located in the rural area of Shell Lake, WITC is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at WITC are $6,885 a year.

WITC also claimed a spot on our Best Cosmetology Trade Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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$5,452 Average Tuition & Fees

West Georgia Technical College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Schools ranking. Located in the rural area of Waco, West Georgia Technical College is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

West Georgia Technical College undergraduate students pay an average of $5,452 in tuition and fees each year.

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#18

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA
$5,442 Average Tuition & Fees

Central Georgia Technical College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Schools list. Located in the small city of Warner Robins, CGTC is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CGTC are $5,442 per year.

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#19

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX
$5,564 Average Tuition & Fees

Lone Star College System did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for cosmetology students. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the city of The Woodlands, North Harris Montgomery is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at North Harris Montgomery are $5,564 a year.

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$5,484 Average Tuition & Fees

Atlanta Technical College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Value Cosmetology Schools list. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Atlanta Area Tech is a public school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Atlanta Area Tech are $5,484 a year.

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#21

Meridian Community College

Meridian, MS
$4,258 Average Tuition & Fees

Meridian Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for cosmetology students. It came in at #21 on the list. MCC is a small public school located in the town of Meridian.

MCC undergraduate students pay an average of $4,258 in tuition and fees each year.

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#22

Del Mar College

Corpus Christi, TX
$5,441 Average Tuition & Fees

Del Mar College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for cosmetology students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Corpus Christi, DMC is a public school with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at DMC are $5,441 a year.

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Fox Valley Technical College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Cosmetology Schools ranking. Located in the midsize suburb of Appleton, FVTC is a public college with a large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at FVTC are $6,688 per year.

FVTC excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Cosmetology Trade Schools list.

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$5,632 Average Tuition & Fees

Augusta Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for cosmetology students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Augusta, Augusta Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Augusta Technical College are $5,632 per year.

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$6,510 Average Tuition & Fees

Kansas City Kansas Community College landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value cosmetology programs. Kansas City Kansas Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Kansas City.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Kansas City Kansas Community College are $6,510 per year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Cosmetology Schools

#27

Columbus Technical College

Columbus, GA
#29

Navarro College

Corsicana, TX
#30

North Georgia Technical College

Clarkesville, GA
#31

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, GA
#34

Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro, GA
#36

Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL
#37

Pensacola State College

Pensacola, FL
#41

Schoolcraft College

Livonia, MI
#41

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL
#43

Vernon College

Vernon, TX
#46

San Diego City College

San Diego, CA
#48

Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Cosmetology Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 925 different United States cosmetology schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
52 Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad, CO
53 IBMC College Fort Collins, CO
54 Laurel Business Institute Uniontown, PA
55 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC
56 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
57 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
58 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
59 Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conway, SC
60 Penn Commercial Business/Technical School Washington, PA
61 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
62 Florida Technical College Orlando, FL
62 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
64 Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, NC
65 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
65 Douglas Education Center Monessen, PA
67 Riverside City College Riverside, CA
68 Vista College El Paso, TX
69 Southwestern Community College Sylva, NC
70 Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO
71 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
72 Remington College - Cleveland Campus Cleveland, OH
73 Greenville Technical College Greenville, SC
74 Florida Career College - Boynton Beach Boynton Beach, FL
75 Fortis Institute - Pensacola Pensacola, FL
75 Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes Lauderdale Lakes, FL
77 Remington College - Houston Southeast Campus Webster, TX
78 Remington College - North Houston Campus Houston, TX
79 Remington College - Mobile Campus Mobile, AL
80 Remington College - Lafayette Campus Lafayette, LA
81 Remington College - Dallas Campus Garland, TX
82 Idaho State University Pocatello, ID
83 Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles, CA
84 Dorsey Schools, Roseville Roseville, MI
84 University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College North Little Rock, AR
86 Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lexington, KY
87 Fortis Institute - Erie Erie, PA
88 West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah, KY
89 Dorsey Schools, Madison Heights Madison Heights, MI
90 Hazard Community and Technical College Hazard, KY
91 Somerset Community College Somerset, KY
92 Innovations Design Academy Canton, IL
92 Paul Mitchell the School Denver Lakewood, CO
92 Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-West New York West New York, NJ
92 Coba Academy Anaheim, CA
92 Aveda Institute - South Florida Davie, FL
92 Empire Beauty School-Augusta Augusta, GA
92 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Glasgow Glasgow, KY
92 Paul Mitchell the School Knoxville Knoxville, TN
92 Miller-Motte College Jacksonville Jacksonville, NC
92 American College of Hair Design Sedalia, MO
92 Professional Institute of Beauty El Monte, CA
92 Capri College, Dubuque Dubuque, IA
92 Empire Beauty School-Lancaster Lancaster, PA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
92 Aveda Institute - Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
92 Empire Beauty School-Paramus Paramus, NJ
92 Trend Barber College Houston, TX
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Peoria Peoria, IL
92 Shear Ego International School of Hair Design Rochester, NY
92 Carsten Institute of Cosmetology New York, NY
92 Summit Salon Academy - Perrysburg Perrysburg, OH
92 Larry’s Barber College Chicago, IL
92 Summit Salon Academy - Kokomo Kokomo, IN
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
92 UCAS Univeristy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-La Joya La Joya, TX
92 Magnolia College of Cosmetology Jackson, MS
92 Empire Beauty School-Tucson Tucson, AZ
92 Milan Institute-San Antonio Ingram San Antonio, TX
92 Paul Mitchell the School Arlington Arlington, TX
92 Great Lakes Institute of Technology Erie, PA
92 Parisian Spa Institute Jacksonville, FL
92 Arkansas College of Barbering and Hair Design North Little Rock, AR
92 Paul Mitchell the School Cleveland Twinsburg, OH
92 Jenny Lea Academy of Cosmetology Johnson City, TN
92 Paul Mitchell the School Toledo Sylvania, OH
92 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
92 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers-Casselberry Casselberry, FL
92 Wisconsin Academy a Paul Mitchell Partner Group-PMTS Lincoln Lincoln, NE
92 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Plano Plano, TX
92 Boca Beauty Academy Boca Raton, FL
92 Paul Mitchell the School San Diego San Diego, CA
92 Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology Dekalb, IL
92 Academy of Hair Design - Jasper Jasper, TX
92 Pro Way Hair School Stone Mountain, GA
92 Aveda Institute - Maryland Bel Air, MD
92 Tri-State Cosmetology Institute El Paso, TX
92 Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences-Summerlin Las Vegas, NV
92 Paul Mitchell the School Huntsville Madison, AL
92 Baldwin Beauty School - North Austin Austin, TX
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Chicago NW Chicago, IL
92 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
92 Michigan College of Beauty-Monroe Monroe, MI
92 Aveda Institute - Phoenix Tempe, AZ
92 Bennett Career Institute Washington, DC
92 Butler Beauty Academy Butler, PA
92 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Reno Reno, NV
92 New Tyler Barber College Inc North Little Rock, AR
92 Mitchell’s Academy - Raleigh Raleigh, NC
92 Northwest College School of Beauty - Beaverton Beaverton, OR
92 La James International College-Johnston Johnston, IA
92 Miller-Motte College Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
92 Empire Beauty School-Stone Park Stone Park, IL
92 Empire Beauty School-Morrow Morrow, GA
92 College of International Esthetics Inc Arvada, CO
92 Paul Mitchell the School Missouri Columbia Columbia, MO
92 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Paramus Paramus, NJ
92 Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
92 Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia Gastonia, NC
92 Empire Beauty School-Cheltenham Wyncote, PA
92 Elevate Salon Institute - Westminster Westminster, CO
92 Shore Beauty School Egg Harbor Township, NJ
92 Brittany Beauty Academy New York, NY
92 Paul Mitchell the School Bradley Bourbonnais, IL
92 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Stafford Stafford, TX
92 Shear Excellence Hair Academy Tampa, FL
92 Paul Mitchell the School Lexington Lexington, KY
92 Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology, South Dayton Dayton, OH
92 Paul Mitchell the School Ogden Ogden, UT
92 Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City Holladay, UT
92 Josef’s West Academy Fargo, ND
92 Nuvo College of Cosmetology Norton Shores, MI
92 Celebrity School of Beauty Miami, FL
92 Hair Professionals Academy of Cosmetology West Dundee, IL
92 L’esprit Academy Livonia, MI
92 Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology San Fernando, CA
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Danville Danville, IL
92 Tucson College of Beauty Tucson, AZ
92 Arthur’s Beauty College Inc - Jacksonville Jacksonville, AR
92 Paul Mitchell the School Sacramento Sacramento, CA
92 Empire Beauty School-Wyoming Valley Moosic, PA
92 Ohio State School of Cosmetology-Canal Winchester CANAL WINCHESTER, OH
92 E Q School of Hair Design Council Bluffs, IA
92 All Beauty College Kingman, AZ
92 Beaver Falls Beauty Academy Beaver Falls, PA
92 Jupiter Beauty Academy Boston, MA
92 Seguin Beauty School-Seguin Seguin, TX
92 Elaine Sterling Institute Sandy Springs, GA
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Lewisville Lewisville, TX
92 Empire Beauty School-Lehigh Valley Whitehall, PA
92 International Academy of Style Reno, NV
92 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Kenilworth Kenilworth, NJ
92 La James International College-Cedar Falls Cedar Falls, IA
92 Career Academy of Beauty Garden Grove, CA
92 Clary Sage College Tulsa, OK
92 Empire Beauty School-Winston-Salem Winston-Salem, NC
92 Academy of Career Training Kissimmee, FL
92 Mr John’s School of Cosmetology & Nails-Jacksonville Jacksonville, IL
92 Academy of Hair Design - Grenada Grenada, MS
92 Xenon International Academy-Denver Aurora, CO
92 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill Rock Hill, SC
92 Empire Beauty School-Reading Reading, PA
92 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Hazleton Hazleton, PA
92 Diamonds Cosmetology College Sherman, TX
92 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville Louisville, KY
92 Miller-Motte College Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
92 The Salon Professional Academy Nampa, ID
92 International Beauty School 4 Martinsburg, WV
92 Joseph’s College Cosmetology Lincoln, NE
92 La James International College-Ft Dodge Fort Dodge, IA
92 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth Campus Plymouth, MN
92 Aveda Institute - Denver Denver, CO
92 Paul Mitchell the School Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
92 Empire Beauty School-Boston Boston, MA
92 Warrensburg Area Career Center Warrensburg, MO
92 Aveda Fredric’s Institute - Cincinnati West Chester, OH
92 Empire Beauty School-Hanover Hanover, PA
92 Mississippi Institute of Aesthetics Nails & Cosmetology Clinton, MS
92 Paul Mitchell the School Greenville Greenville, SC
92 Monmouth County Vocational School District Freehold, NJ
92 University Academy of Hair Design Northport, AL
92 Aspen Beauty Academy of Laurel Laurel, MD
92 Eves College of Hairstyling Lawton, OK
92 Jean Madeline Aveda Institute Philadelphia, PA
92 Altoona Beauty School Inc Altoona, PA
92 The Hair Academy Bismarck, ND
92 Austin Kade Academy Idaho Falls, ID
92 PCI Academy-Plymouth Plymouth, MN
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Altoona Altoona, PA
92 Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology-Seattle Seattle, WA
92 Empire Beauty School-Laconia Laconia, NH
92 Victoria’s Academy of Cosmetology Kennewick, WA
92 Summit Salon Academy - Gainesville Gainesville, FL
92 P B Cosmetology Education Center Gloucester, NJ
92 Adrian’s College of Beauty Turlock Turlock, CA
92 Bos-Man’s Barber College Shreveport, LA
92 Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences Fayetteville, TN
92 Empire Beauty School-Spring Lake Park Spring Lake Park, MN
92 JZ Trend Academy Paul Mitchell Partner School Bismarck, ND
92 Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness Voorhees, NJ
92 Midway Paris Beauty School Ridgewood, NY
92 VICI Beauty School Greenfield, WI
92 Empire Beauty School-E Memphis Memphis, TN
92 Award Beauty School Hagerstown, MD
92 Newberry School of Beauty Granada Hills, CA
92 Massachusetts School of Barbering Quincy, MA
92 Empire Beauty School-Savannah Savannah, GA
92 Paul Mitchell the School North Haven North Haven, CT
92 Arkansas Beauty School - Little Rock Little Rock, AR
92 Professional’s Choice Hair Design Academy Joliet, IL
92 Brittany Beauty Academy Bronx, NY
92 Alexander Academy Lunenburg, MA
92 Empire Beauty School-Speedway Speedway, IN
92 David Pressley School of Cosmetology Royal Oak, MI
92 Empire Beauty School-Charlotte Charlotte, NC
92 Z Hair Academy Overland Park, KS
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Kenosha Kenosha, WI
92 Summit Salon Academy - Tacoma Tacoma, WA
92 The Salon Professional Academy - San Jose San Jose, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville Fayetteville, NC
92 Paul Mitchell the School Portsmouth Portsmouth, NH
92 Empire Beauty School-Center City Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
92 Empire Beauty School-Richmond Richmond, VA
92 Protege Academy East Lansing, MI
92 Empire Beauty School-Framingham Framingham, MA
92 New Concept Massage and Beauty School Miami, FL
92 Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology-Dallas Grand Prairie, TX
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Highland Highland, IN
92 Headlines Academy Inc Rapid City, SD
92 Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute Lowell, MA
92 Empire Beauty School-Bloomington Bloomington, MN
92 Champ’s Barber School Lancaster, PA
92 BJ’s Beauty & Barber College Tacoma, WA
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Appleton Appleton, WI
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Urbana Urbana, IL
92 Southern Texas Careers Academy McAllen, TX
92 Empire Beauty School-Kennesaw Kennesaw, GA
92 Long Island Barber Institute Hempstead, NY
92 Empire Beauty School-West Mifflin West Mifflin, PA
92 Genesis Career College-Cookeville Cookeville, TN
92 Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology-Irving Irving, TX
92 Empire Beauty School-S Memphis Memphis, TN
92 Hastings Beauty School Hastings, MN
92 Sunstate Academy Fort Myers, FL
92 John Paolo’s Xtreme Beauty Institute-Goldwell Product Artistry Ballston Spa, NY
92 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
92 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Amarillo Amarillo, TX
92 Southeast Texas Career Institute Silsbee, TX
92 Empire Beauty School-Harrisburg Harrisburg, PA
92 Empire Beauty School-Manhattan New York, NY
92 Academy of Hair Design - Pearl Pearl, MS
92 Empire Beauty School-Tampa Tampa, FL
92 Citrus Heights Beauty College Citrus Heights, CA
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Fargo Fargo, ND
92 Paul Mitchell the School Webster Webster, TX
92 Dawn Career Institute LLC Wilmington, DE
92 Montana Academy of Salons Great Falls, MT
92 Robert Fiance Beauty Schools-Perth Amboy Perth Amboy, NJ
92 Aesthetic Science Institute Latham, NY
92 The Temple - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Frederick, MD
92 Moler Barber College Oakland, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Mclean McLean, VA
92 Empire Beauty School-Hooksett Hooksett, NH
92 Jolie Health and Beauty Academy-Turnersville Turnersville, NJ
92 Vogue College of Cosmetology-San Antonio Fredericksburg San Antonio, TX
92 Brittany Beauty Academy Brooklyn, NY
92 Manuel and Theresa’s School of Hair Design-Victoria Victoria, TX
92 Universal Career School Sweetwater, FL
92 Eastern Virginia Career College Fredericksburg, VA
92 Aveda Institute - New York New York, NY
92 Manuel and Theresa’s School of Hair Design-Bryan Bryan, TX
92 Panache Academy of Beauty Baraboo, WI
92 Paul Mitchell the School Merrillville Merrillville, IN
92 Paul Mitchell the School Nampa Nampa, ID
92 Estelle Skin Care and Spa Institute Skokie, IL
92 Celebrity Stylist Beauty School Monroe, LA
92 G Skin & Beauty Institute Oakbrook, IL
92 Aveda Institute - Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
92 Bucks County School of Beauty Culture Inc Feasterville, PA
92 Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Metairie Metairie, LA
92 The Temple Annapolis - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Annapolis, MD
92 P&A Scholars Beauty School Detroit, MI
92 J Michael Harrold Beauty Academy Terre Haute, IN
92 Empire Beauty School-Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA
92 John Amico School of Hair Design Oak Forest, IL
92 Washington Barber College Inc Little Rock, AR
92 Vogue College of Cosmetology-Santa Fe Santa Fe, NM
92 Empire Beauty School-Northlake Atlanta, GA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Schenectady Schenectady, NY
92 Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Slidell Slidell, LA
92 Northwest College School of Beauty - Hillsboro Hillsboro, OR
92 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Dallas Dallas, TX
92 W Academy of Salon and Spa Danville, CA
92 Rogers Academy of Hair Design Evansville, IN
92 Vibe Barber College Memphis, TN
92 Butte Academy of Beauty Culture Butte, MT
92 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Fairfield Fairfield, CA
92 Empire Beauty School-Bordentown Bordentown, NJ
92 Academy of Hair Design - Jackson Jackson, MS
92 Avenue Five Institute Austin, TX
92 Celebrity Barber School Monroe, LA
92 Ohio State Beauty Academy Lima, OH
92 Aveda Institute - Madison Madison, WI
92 Salon Success Academy - Riverside Riverside, CA
92 Continental School of Beauty Culture, Mattydale Mattydale, NY
92 Stewart School Sioux Falls, SD
92 San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology Inc San Francisco, CA
92 Bellus Academy - Poway Poway, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Modesto Modesto, CA
92 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Florence Florence, SC
92 Crevier’s Academy of Cosmetology Arts Kalispell, MT
92 Empire Beauty School-Midlothian Midlothian, VA
92 Oxford Academy of Hair Design Inc Seymour, CT
92 Denmark College Merrillville, IN
92 Woodward Beauty College Woodward, OK
92 Brown Aveda Institute - Mentor Mentor, OH
92 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Campus WOODBURY, MN
92 Milan Institute-Merced Merced, CA
92 Aveda Institute - Lafayette Lafayette, LA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Costa Mesa Costa Mesa, CA
92 Enid Beauty College Enid, OK
92 Empire Beauty School-Lebanon Lebanon, PA
92 Long Island Beauty School-Hempstead Hempstead, NY
92 The Spa School Columbus, OH
92 Paul Mitchell the School Spokane Spokane Valley, WA
92 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-La Salle PERU, IL
92 Ohio State College of Barber Styling Columbus, OH
92 Make-up Designory Burbank, CA
92 Collectiv Academy Midvale, UT
92 Academy of Hair Design - Lufkin Lufkin, TX
92 Paul Mitchell the School Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
92 International Academy South Daytona, FL
92 Ponca City Beauty College Ponca City, OK
92 Jenks Beauty College Jenks, OK
92 Ambiance Beauty & Barber Academy Inc Melbourne, FL
92 Bellus Academy - National City National City, CA
92 Barrett and Company School of Hair Design Nicholasville, KY
92 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Northfield Northfield, NJ
92 Empire Beauty School-NE Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
92 Charleston School of Beauty Culture Charleston, WV
92 Texas College of Cosmetology-Abilene Abilene, TX
92 Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Tempe, AZ
92 Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy Lynchburg, VA
92 Summit Salon Academy - Lexington Lexington, KY
92 Empire Beauty School-Nashville Brentwood, TN
92 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia Columbia, SC
92 Paroba College of Cosmetology Everett, WA
92 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Cranston Cranston, RI
92 Aveda Institute - Des Moines West Des Moines, IA
92 The Beauty Institute Allentown, PA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Richland Richland, WA
92 Texas College of Cosmetology-San Angelo San Angelo, TX
92 TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy Scottsdale, AZ
92 UCAS University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences-Harlingen Harlingen, TX
92 Paul Mitchell the School Wichita Wichita, KS
92 Trend Setters’ Academy of Beauty Culture-Louisville Louisville, KY
92 Bellus Academy - El Cajon El Cajon, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Woodbridge Woodbridge, VA
92 Empire Beauty School-West Greensboro Greensboro, NC
92 Texas Barber College Houston, TX
92 Evans Hairstyling College-Rexburg Rexburg, ID
92 Paul Mitchell the School Milwaukee Pawaukee, WI
92 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek Goose Creek, SC
92 Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers Hollywood, FL
92 Cameo Beauty Academy Oak Lawn, IL
92 Delta Technical College Horn Lake, MS
92 Star College of Cosmetology 2 Tyler, TX
92 Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics Omaha, NE
92 Paul Mitchell the School Madison Madison, WI
92 GateWay Community College - Central City Phoenix, AZ
92 Arthur’s Beauty School Inc - Conway Conway, AR
92 Rudae’s School of Beauty Culture-Ft Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
92 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Wilkes-Barre Wilkes Barre, PA
92 Empire Beauty School-Florence Florence, KY
92 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta North Augusta, SC
92 Salon Institute-Toledo Campus Toledo, OH
92 Empire Beauty School-Union Union, NJ
92 Profile Institute of Barber-Styling Atlanta, GA
92 Empire Beauty School-Elizabethtown Elizabethtown, KY
92 Elite School of Cosmetology Norwalk, OH
92 Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design-West Jordan West Jordan, UT
92 Marketti Academy of Cosmetology Waterford, MI
92 Academy Di Capelli - School of Cosmetology Wallingford, CT
92 Brittany Beauty Academy Levittown, NY
92 Delta Montrose Technical College Delta, CO
92 Central Oklahoma College Oklahoma City, OK
92 Aveda Institute - Columbus Columbus, OH
92 Capri College, Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, IA
92 Elizabeth Grady School of Esthetics and Massage Therapy Medford, MA
92 Cosmetology Career Center LLC Carrollton, TX
92 Lu Ross Academy Ventura, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Murfreesboro Murfreesboro, TN
92 Elaine Steven Beauty College Saint Louis, MO
92 Paul Mitchell the School Delaware Newark, DE
92 Texas College of Cosmetology-Lubbock Lubbock, TX
92 Blake Austin College Vacaville, CA
92 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Raymore Raymore, MO
92 Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett Everett, WA
92 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Appleton, WI
92 Remington College - Columbia Campus Columbia, SC
92 Southern Careers Institute - San Antonio (SW Military Drive) San Antonio, TX
92 Coachella Valley Beauty College, Beaumont Beaumont, CA
92 Academy of Salon Professionals Sedalia, MO
92 Empire Beauty School-Aurora Aurora, CO
92 Imagine-Paul Mitchell Partner School North Little Rock, AR
92 Paul Mitchell the School Normal Normal, IL
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Shorewood Shorewood, IL
92 La James International College-Davenport Davenport, IA
92 Aveda Institute - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Louisville Louisville, KY
92 Baltimore School of Massage - Linthicum Linthicum, MD
92 New Dimensions School of Hair Design Joplin, MO
92 Lively Technical Center Tallahassee, FL
92 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia Columbia, SC
92 The Salon Professional Academy - North Little Rock North Little Rock, AR
92 Capri Institute of Hair Design, Clifton Clifton, NJ
92 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Alameda Alameda, CA
92 Independence College of Cosmetology Independence, MO
92 Skinworks School of Advanced Skincare Salt Lake City, UT
92 Paul Mitchell the School Michigan Sterling Heights, MI
92 Vogue College of Cosmetology-McAllen McAllen, TX
92 Long Island Nail & Skin Care Institute Levittown, NY
92 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Nashville, TN
92 Mandalyn Academy American Fork, UT
92 Paul Mitchell the School St Louis St. Louis, MO
92 Stylemaster College of Hair Design Longview, WA
92 Grace International Beauty School Flushing, NY
92 Paul Mitchell the School Jersey Shore Brick, NJ
92 Paul Mitchell the School Honolulu Honolulu, HI
92 Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy-Lubbock Lubbock, TX
92 Northwest College School of Beauty - Eugene Springfield, OR
92 Jolie Hair and Beauty Academy-Ludlow Ludlow, MA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Charleston North Charleston, SC
92 Paul Mitchell the School Farmington Hills Farmington Hills, MI
92 Rob Roy Academy-Worcester Worcester, MA
92 Laird Institute of Spa Therapy Manchester, NH
92 Ideal Beauty Academy Jeffersonville, IN
92 Beauty Academy of South Florida Hialeah Gardens, FL
92 All Beauty College Lake Havasu City, AZ
92 Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-Fort Collins Loveland, CO
92 Paul Mitchell the School Rhode Island Cranston, RI
92 First Class Cosmetology School Beloit, WI
92 Tom P Haney Technical Center Panama City, FL
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Melbourne Melbourne, FL
92 Avalon School of Cosmetology - Layton Layton, UT
92 Paul Mitchell the School Columbus Columbus, OH
92 Empire Beauty School-Michigan Grand Rapids, MI
92 Empire Beauty School-Dixie Louisville, KY
92 North Adrian’s College of Beauty Inc Modesto, CA
92 Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences Timonium, MD
92 The Institute of Beauty and Wellness Milwaukee, WI
92 Wade Gordon Hairdressing Academy Amarillo, TX
92 Empire Beauty School-York York, PA
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Libertyville Libertyville, IL
92 Empire Beauty School-Pineville Charlotte, NC
92 Cheeks International Academy of Beauty Culture-Cheyenne Cheyenne, WY
92 Alamo City Barber College San Antonio, TX
92 Stage One-The Hair School Lake Charles, LA
92 Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care & Makeup New York, NY
92 Design’s School of Cosmetology Paso Robles, CA
92 Empire Beauty School-Dunwoody Dunwoody, GA
92 Empire Beauty School-Monroeville Monroeville, PA
92 Summit Salon Academy - Anderson Anderson, IN
92 Modern Beauty Academy Oxnard, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Boise Boise, ID
92 eClips School of Cosmetology and Barbering Overland, MO
92 House of Heavilin Beauty College-Academy of Beauty Professionals Green Bay, WI
92 Florida Academy of Health & Beauty Oakland Park, FL
92 Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics Woburn, MA
92 UCAS University of Cosemtology Arts & Sciences-McAllen McAllen, TX
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Glendale Heights Glendale Heights, IL
92 DuVall’s School of Cosmetology Bedford, TX
92 Mr Leon’s School of Hair Design-Moscow Moscow, ID
92 Penrose Academy Scottsdale, AZ
92 Loraines Academy & Spa Saint Petersburg, FL
92 La James International College-Iowa City Iowa City, IA
92 Cinta Aveda Institute San Francisco, CA
92 University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology Chicago, IL
92 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-La Quinta La Quinta, CA
92 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-Visalia Visalia, CA
92 KC’s School of Hair Design Pontotoc, MS
92 American Beauty College West Covina, CA
92 Milan Institute of Cosmetology-El Paso El Paso, TX
92 Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy - Lakeland Lakeland, FL
92 Empire Beauty School-Avondale Avondale, AZ
92 Paramount Beauty Academy Portsmouth, OH
92 Ravenscroft Beauty College Fort Wayne, IN
92 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture-Bridgeview Bridgeview, IL
92 Empire Beauty School-Jackson Jackson, TN
92 Rudy & Kelly Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School Virginia Beach, VA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Tampa Tampa, FL
92 Aveda Institute - Tucson Tucson, AZ
92 Milan Institute-Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Reno Reno, NV
92 Paul Mitchell the School Miami Miami, FL
92 Bold Beauty Academy Billings, MT
92 New Dimensions Beauty Academy Inc Parker, CO
92 Continental School of Beauty Culture, Rochester Rochester, NY
92 Aveda Institute Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
92 The Salon Professional Academy Battle Creek, MI
92 Empire Beauty School-Somersworth Somersworth, NH
92 Empire Beauty School-Thornton Thornton, CO
92 Health and Style Institute High Point, NC
92 Hair Expressions Academy Rockville, MD
92 Hays Academy of Hair Design Hays, KS
92 Academy of Hair Design - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
92 Empire Beauty School-Owings Mills Owings Mills, MD
92 Charles of Italy Beauty College Lake Havasu City, AZ
92 Continental Academie of Hair Design, Hudson Hudson, NH
92 Brighton Institute of Cosmetology Brighton, MI
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Evansville Evansville, IN
92 Academy of Hair Design - Springfield Springfield, MO
92 Aveda Institute - Portland Portland, OR
92 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Atlanta Marietta, GA
92 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Missouri Springfield, MO
92 Blue Cliff College - Gulfport Gulfport, MS
92 International School of Beauty Inc Palm Desert, CA
92 Spa Tech Institute-Ipswich Ipswich, MA
92 Wright Beauty Academy Battle Creek, MI
92 Toledo Academy of Beauty Culture-East OREGON, OH
92 Corinth Academy of Cosmetology Corinth, MS
92 Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology-Sterling Sterling, IL
92 Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
92 Capri Beauty College Oak Forest, IL
92 Paul Mitchell the School Logan Logan, UT
92 Flair Beauty College Valencia, CA
92 The Beauty School Stroudsburg, PA
92 Milan Institute-Clovis Fresno, CA
92 Paul Mitchell the School Raleigh Raleigh, NC
92 Xenon International Academy-Omaha Omaha, NE
92 Salon Success Academy - Upland Upland, CA
92 Delta Technical College - Ridgeland Ridgeland, MS
92 Headmasters School of Hair Design Lewiston, ID
92 Bitterroot School of Cosmetology Hamilton, MT
92 Salon Success Academy - Redlands Redlands, CA
92 Long Island Beauty School-Hauppauge Hauppauge, NY
92 Career Academy of Hair Design Springdale, AR
92 Paul Mitchell the School Springfield Springfield, MO
92 Boise Barber College Boise, ID
92 Paul Mitchell the School Chicago Chicago, IL
92 Charleston Cosmetology Institute Charleston, SC
92 Lancaster School of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork Lancaster, PA
92 Clarksburg Beauty Academy and School of Massage Therapy Clarksburg, WV
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Tonawanda Tonawanda, NY
92 Paul Mitchell the School Overland Park Overland Park, KS
92 Expertise Cosmetology Institute Las Vegas, NV
92 International Salon and Spa Academy Colorado Springs, CO
92 Miller-Motte College Wilmington Wilmington, NC
92 Hair Academy Inc-New Carrollton New Carrollton, MD
92 Baldwin Beauty School - South Austin Austin, TX
92 Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES Liverpool, NY
92 University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts Springfield, IL
92 Paul Mitchell the School East Bay Pleasant Hill, CA
92 Aveda Institute - Provo Provo, UT
92 Studio Academy of Beauty Chandler, AZ
92 Skin Science Institute Salt Lake City, UT
92 Capri College, Davenport Davenport, IA
92 Artistic Academy of Hair Design Morris Plains, NJ
92 Paul Mitchell the School Portland Portland, OR
92 Aveda Institute Portland - Vancouver Campus Vancouver, WA
92 Southern Careers Institute - Brownsville Brownsville, TX
92 Eric Fisher Academy Wichita, KS
92 Mr Leon’s School of Hair Design-Lewiston Lewiston, ID
92 Paul Mitchell the School Great Lakes Port Huron, MI
92 Universal Spa Training Academy Downers Grove, IL
92 Empire Beauty School-Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
92 Florida Academy Fort Myers, FL
92 Lindsey Institute of Cosmetology Bowling Green, KY
92 The Salon Professional Academy - Nashville Nashville, TN
92 Seguin Beauty School-New Braunfels New Braunfels, TX
92 O’Briens Aveda Institute Williston, VT
92 Paul Mitchell the School Atlanta Atlanta, GA
92 The University of Aesthetics & Cosmetology Downers Grove, IL
92 Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & Cosmetology Pine Brook, NJ
92 Sunstate Academy Clearwater, FL
92 Spa Tech Institute-Westboro Westboro, MA
92 Coachella Valley Beauty College La Quinta, CA
92 Black Hills Beauty College Rapid City, SD
92 Rivertown School of Beauty Barber Skin Care and Nails Columbus, GA
92 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Denton Denton, TX
92 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Ft Worth Fort Worth, TX
92 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-Hurst Hurst, TX
92 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Santa Monica Santa Monica, CA
92 Lancaster Beauty School Lancaster, CA
92 California Beauty School Modesto, CA
92 Ogle School Hair Skin Nails-San Antonio San Antonio, TX
92 American Academy of Cosmetology Orange Park, FL
92 Blue Cliff College - Houma Houma, LA
92 Salon Success Academy - Fontana Fontana, CA
92 Vanguard College of Cosmetology-Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
92 Florida Career College - Orlando Orlando, FL
92 Salon Success Academy - Corona Corona, CA
92 PJ’s College of Cosmetology-Bowling Green Bowling Green, KY
92 Douglas J Aveda Institute East Lansing, MI
92 Phagans Beauty College Corvallis, OR
92 Fort Worth Beauty School Benbrook, TX
92 Florida Barber Academy Plantation, FL
92 Keune Academy by 124 Lawrenceville, GA
92 DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology West Springfield, MA
92 North Florida Cosmetology Institute Inc Tallahassee, FL
92 Total Image Beauty Academy Union City, NJ

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Cosmetology Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Cosmetology/Cosmetologist 52,002
Aesthetician/Esthetician & Skin Care Specialist 23,657
Nail Technician/Specialist & Manicurist 10,042
Barbering/Barber 8,937
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, & Nail Instructor 1,881
Facial Treatment Specialist/Facialist 1,732
Other Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Arts 1,563
Make-Up Artist/Specialist 1,409
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 1,142
Hair Styling/Stylist & Hair Design 773
Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager 247
Electrolysis/Electrology & Electrolysis Technician 239
Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup & Tattooing 50

Related Major Annual Graduates
Culinary Arts 26,643
Funeral & Mortuary Science 1,965
Other Personal & Culinary Services 320

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Tiffany Bumgardner.

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