Beauty salon statistics

According to the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), the beauty salon industry is a job-seekers' market. The organization's most recent comprehensive survey on the industry, Job Demand in the Cosmetology Industry, was conducted in 2003 by the University of Maryland and LMP Associates, Inc., of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Since 1990, NACCAS has performed this survey every four years, and is expected to gather new information in 2007 and issue a new report on those results.

The growing beauty salon industry typically needs many more beauty salon professionals than are available.

Job growth in this industry between 1999 and 2003 was notable:

  • Total number of beauty salon professionals was up 24 percent;
  • Total number of beauty salons was up by 5.6 percent;
  • The number of chairs or workstations was up by 9 percent;
  • The number of employees leaving their positions was down 12 percent; and
  • The number of new hires as up 37 percent.

In this survey, 56 percent of beauty salon owners reported that they had job openings. In 2002, beauty salon owners filled 572,000 open positions, hiring those with less than a year of experience for 27 percent of these opportunities. Demand for beauty salon professionals is great, as approximately three out of every four beauty salon owners who sought new employees in 2002 reported difficulty finding qualified candidates.

Demand for Manicurist positions has risen and is expected to continue growing, with 16 percent of anticipated job vacancies predicted to require nail care skills.

At the time the survey was taken, in January 2003, there were more than 1.6 million professionals employed in more than 300,000 beauty salons, barber shops, skin care salons and nail salons in the U.S. A typical beauty salon has five stations, three full-time professionals and two part-time workers who together serve 155 clients a week.

Average income for a beauty salon employee including tips is about $30,000 to $50,000 a year. Many part time beauty salon positions are also available. Survey respondents reported that 57 percent of beauty salon employees work full time, 33 percent are part time (20-35 hrs), and 10 percent are low time (less than 20 hrs).

Woman explaining beauty industry employment statistics