Facialist Salary

Facialists apply masks and lotions to improve skin condition.
Facialists apply masks and lotions to improve skin condition. (Image: NA/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Facial specialists, or facialists, clean faces of their clients. They use various exfoliants to remove dead facial skin, remove blackheads and apply masks. They also massage faces of their patients. Facialists often provide skin care treatments for other body parts as well. These specialists must be licensed by the state.

Average Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that facialists in 2009 earned an annual mean wage of $31,990. The median salary was at $28,580 a year. The estimated salaries ranged from $16,310 per year or less to $51,490 or more.

Largest Employers

Personal care services industry was the largest employer of facialists in 2009, with 21,740 specialists out of 28,210, and paid them an annual mean wage of $30,920, according to the bureau. Offices of physicians were the second largest employers with 2,470 facialists and an average salary of $38,020 a year, second-highest among employers. Amusement and recreation industries paid a $37,180 per year average -- third-highest among industries. Traveler accommodation industry paid these skin care specialists an average of $33,930. Health and personal care stores paid $29,590 a year.

Top-Paying Employers

The bureau reports that general hospitals were the highest-paying employers of facialists in 2009, with an annual mean wage at $39,910. Offices of doctors other than primary physicians followed with an average of $38,020 per year. Wholesalers of drugs and related products paid an average of $35,470.


Washington and Colorado were the two highest-paying states for facialists in 2009, with average salaries of $38,650 and $38,340 per year, respectively, as reported by the bureau. California and Kansas paid $37,900 and $37,350 a year, while Maine paid a $36,790 per year average. The top-paying metro area was Madison, Wisconsin, at $44,390 per year. Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Nashville, Tennessee, were next, with $43,750 and $43,460 respectively. San Francisco paid $42,830 a year. Facialists in Portland, Oregon, on average earned $41,580 annually.

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