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Undergraduate Certificate in Cosmetology

61,023 Yearly Graduations
$15,600 Median Salary
$9,795 Median Debt
This degree is more popular with female students, and about 52% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.3% of cosmetology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Cosmetology Majors

In 2018-2019, 61,023 earned their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. 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 Undergraduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology is $15,600. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $13,900 to a high of $17,100.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in cosmetology is $9,795. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $12,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $7,891.


The median monthly payment of a cosmetology graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $102.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in cosmetology. About 86.1% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 8,475
Women 52,548
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificate in Cosmetology

The racial-ethnic distribution of cosmetology undergraduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,695
Black or African American 12,262
Hispanic or Latino 15,424
White 27,526
International Students 185
Other Races/Ethnicities 3,931
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cosmetology Undergraduate Certificate Students

Cosmetology Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Cosmetology 47,663
Barbering 7,808
Esthetician, Skin Care Specialist 2,275
Master Aesthetician/Esthetician 760
Hair Styling & Design 661

Below are some popular majors that are similar to cosmetology that offer undergraduate certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Culinary Arts 8,562
Funeral & Mortuary Science 311
Other Personal & Culinary Services 83


*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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