Cosmetology teachers are employed by school systems as part of their career and technical education programs. They're experienced cosmetologists who can offer students training in how to find the right cosmetics for people and how to apply them. Students also learn more about related subjects such as skin care. This career training gives students practical experience in cosmetology, which can help them find work down the line.
Career and technical education teachers, of which cosmetology teachers are a part, earned an average annual salary of $56,010 in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 50 percent of cosmetology teachers earned between $43,810 and $66,780 a year. The projected growth for the field is only expected to be about 9 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is considered slower than average.
Pay by State
Alaska was the top-paying state for career and technical education teachers in 2009. Teachers earned an average salary of $72,760 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other top-paying states were Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Maryland. However, the state with the highest concentration of career and technical education teachers was West Virginia, which had 2.37 teachers per thousand jobs.
Pay by Metro Area
Nassau-Suffolk, New York, was where career and technical educational teachers earned the most in 2009, with an average salary of $81,490, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other top-paying metro areas included Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, Massachusetts-New Hampshire; New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York-New Jersey; El Centro, California, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia. The area with the highest concentration of career and technical education teachers was New Bedford, Massachusetts, which had 4.04 teachers per thousand jobs.
Although cosmetology teachers are expected to be experienced cosmetologists, they must also be teachers. In school districts, this usually means that cosmetology teachers also have a bachelor’s degree in education and have passed the state licensing examinations. Other school systems may allow cosmetology teachers to simply have a college degree and sufficient experience to know the field well.