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Salon Management

118 Associates's Degrees Annually
#121 in Popularity (Associate's)
$33,220 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Salon Management Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many salon/beauty salon management/manager graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 126
Undergraduate Certificate 69
Basic Certificate 52

What Salon Management Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to salon management and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Salon Management Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in salon management should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Salon Management Majors

When studying salon management, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Salon Management Majors

As a salon management major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Salon Management Major?

People with a salon management degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Barbers 13.5% $27,960
First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers 14.6% $38,400
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists 13.0% $24,730
Spa Managers 14.6% $38,400

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Salon Management?

126 Associate's Degrees Annually
96% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 96% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of salon management majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 27
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 83
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 7

How Much Do Salon Management Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $30,190 to $41,710 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to salon management. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with salon management may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for salon management careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 10.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 15.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 40.2%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 15.3%
Master’s Degree 0.4%

Online Salon Management Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 schools offered some type of salon/beauty salon management/manager program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 12 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 22 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 12 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Salon Management Worth It?

The median salary for a salon management grad is $33,220 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to salon management.

Major Number of Grads
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
Electrolysis/Electrology & Electrolysis Technician 239
Permanent Cosmetics/Makeup & Tattooing 50

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities 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 racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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