Licensure is required in all states for practicing estheticians, also known as skincare specialists. In addition to completing a training program, estheticians must complete a written test and, in some cases, a practical test to receive their license. The salaries for licensed estheticians varies to correspond with their level of experience.
The average salary for a licensed esthetician in the United States was $32,030 as of May 2010, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries started under $17,090 in the 10th percentile and less than $20,640 in the 25th percentile. The median annual income of a licensed esthetician was $28,920, with those in the 75th percentile earning over $40,810 and those in the 90th percentile earning over $50,890.
The highest level of employed licensed estheticians worked in the industry of personal care services, where the bureau states they earned an average salary of $30,410 as of 2010. Those working in the offices of physicians earned a higher average at $39,540 a year, while those employed in health and personal care stores earned less at an average of $27,880. In the industry of traveler accommodation the average salary of a licensed esthetician was $31,660, while in other amusement and recreation industries the average was $38,450.
The state of Hawaii had the highest concentration of licensed estheticians as of 2010, offering a salary average of $42,810 a year, which qualified it as the second highest paying state in the nation for this occupation. Delaware ranked first with a salary average of $46,130 annually. Oregon, the District of Columbia and Washington also offered higher than average salaries ranging from $40,370 to $41,650 a year.
As licensed estheticians gain experience and draw in a steady clientele, they will begin to earn higher wages. Because many estheticians earn commission for skincare products they sell to clients, some may choose to move into a sales representative position with the companies that make these products. Other options for advancement include becoming an esthetician instructor or an image consultant.