Looking your best can make the difference between success and failure when trying to land a job, a raise or a new client, but many professionals are lost when it comes to style and personal appearance. Image consultants help clients transform their outward appearance by advising them on choices about clothing, hairstyles and makeup.
Image Consultant Income
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, industry sources suggest income in the occupation varies widely from one person to another, with hourly rates varying from $50 to $500. The Bureau says that for certain services like color analysis or makeup and stylist work, consultants may charge flat fees of $100 to $200 or more. According to CBSalary, a site run by CareerBuilder that provides income data, the national average salary for image consultants was $27,049 as of July 2011. 50 percent of workers in the occupation earned between $19,600 and $39,000.
Hairdressers, Stylists and Cosmetologists
Many jobs related to fashion and beauty may involve giving advice to clients to help them improve their appearance. Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists cut and style hair and apply makeup and may make recommendations to clients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual income of hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists was $26,510 in May 2010. Half of all workers in the occupation earned between $18,320 and $30,490.
Skincare specialists perform skincare treatments such as laser hair removal to enhance appearance and may make recommendations on how to take care of skin. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual income of skincare specialists was $32,030 in May 2010. Half of all workers in the job field earned between $20,640 and $40,810.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many image consultants are self-employed and work part-time while employed in other jobs. For example, a skincare specialist might work 40 hours a week performing skincare treatments while providing image consultant services on the side to earn additional income. A steady stream of clients is necessary for an image consultant to work full-time.
- "U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Quarterly"; You're a What? Image Consultant; Elka Jones; Fall 2005
- "Star Tribune"; Image Consultant Helps People Look Their Best; Todd Nelson; April 2010
- CBSalary: Image Consultant Salary
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 39-5094 Skincare Specialists
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 39-5012 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists