Esthetician Salary

Estheticians or skin care specialists provide skin and nail care for clients. They are often the first one to notice skin cancers and other disease of the skin.

Estheticians or skin care specialists provide skin and nail care for clients. They are often the first one to notice skin cancers and other disease of the skin.

an average esthetician salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Estheticians or skin care specialists work in a number of settings including physicians offices, clinics and salons. An esthetician salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the estheticians reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year. Estheticians are listed by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics as Skin Care Specialists.


The mean esthetician salary is $13.77 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $8.50 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $24.00 per hour.


On an annual basis, an esthetician or skin care specialist earns an average of $28,640. The lowest 10% earn less than $18,000 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $51,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Median Hourly & Annual Data

Hourly Wage

Hourly Wage


$9.50 $13.77 $18.53 $24.95

Annual Wage

$17,460 $19,770 $28,640 $38,550 $51,900







Lowest and Highest Esthetician Salary

The lowest paid estheticians earn less with mean or average wages below $9.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas. The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $24.50 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States
The best paying states are  Alaska $47,000,  Oregon $42,000, Districtof Columbia $41,000, New Hampshire $40,000 and Arkansas $39,500.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best paying city or metropolitan areas are  Bridgeport-Norwalk CT $54,000, Jefferson City MO $53,400, Albuquerque NM $52,300, Oakland-Fremont CA $48,600, and Pittsfield MA $44,600.

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Other Industries that Employ Esthetician's or Skin Care Specialists

The recreation and amusement industry, hotel and other traveler accommodation industries, and department stores employ estheticians or skin care specialists.

Employment Data for Estheticians/Skin Care Specialists

It is estimated that there are over 31,800 estheticians employed in the U.S.

Where They Work

Over 22,000 estheticians work in personal care services. These include day spas and salons. Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists as well as other physicians’ offices employ over 3600 of these skin care specialists. A number of them work in health stores and other settings such as cruise ships.

Private Practice vs. Employment

An Esthetician salary can be earned as an employee or as an independent contractor or private practice. Many large chains employ the workers and provide some sort of bonus for productivity. If the arrangement is independent contractor the esthetician or skin care specialist will rent space from the retail outlet and pay for their own supplies. They may pay a percentage of their gross receipts to the retail outlet.

People in this line of work frequently open their own salon or spa. This is a typical small business arrangement and knowledge of how to run a business is as important as knowing how to treat nails and identify diseases.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

Canada  Esthetician/Skin Care Specialist Salary

In Canada the average Esthetician/Skin Care Specialist salary is $11.00 CAD per hour.  Annually it is about $22,880 CAD.  This is approximately $20,592 USD.  

United Kingdom (UK)  Esthetician Salary

The United Kingdom posts the median salary for an esthetician or skin care specialist at  ₤7.00 GBP per hour.  This approximately ₤14,560 GBP annually.  At current exchange rates that is $24,752 USD per year.

Australia (AUS) Esthetician  Salary

The average skin care specialist/Esthetician earns approximately $12.00 AUD per hour.  This is $24,960 AUD per year.  At current exchange rates this is $22,464 USD. 

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