Cosmetology Instructor Salary
Cosmetology Teacher Salary
I became a cosmetology instructor in 2003. My first job was as an instructor for the cosmetology school that I graduated from. Starting off, I was paid $11.50 cents per hour for teaching. This was significantly less than the girls that were actually cutting and styling hair were making soon after they graduated. Not many months after I graduated from cosmetology school and got my teaching certificate, I got married and moved with my husband to Arizona. We moved to Arizona at a time when the economy was booming and the housing market was on the cusp of soaring. There were plenty of jobs for cosmetology instructors and the pay was better. My first job in Arizona I was making $16.00 per hour teaching.
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Do Cosmetology Instructors get paid for Preparation Time?
No. There are many upsides to teaching at a cosmetology school. I found it very rewarding and fulfilling. There are also downsides. One of the drawbacks in becoming a ‘Good’ cosmetology instructor is the ‘off the clock’ time that you will spend preparing lessons, mentoring students outside of class, practicing and improving. I spent many hours after school was over and the students went home in preparation for the next day and the next lesson.
However, once you are a cosmetology instructor for more than a year, your lessons become second nature and the time preparing decreases. You will need to stay up on the latest cosmetology trends and discussions, but you will spend more time tweaking your lessons, and less time coming up with a lesson from scratch.
What is the Current Salary for Cosmetology Instructors?
Not to burst your bubble, but these numbers are farther off than the moon from the sun. The reality in this job market is that if you have a cosmetology teaching certificate, have a likable personality and have at least a little bit of experience, you can expect to make between $13.00 – $17.50 an hour. If you are fortunate enough to get hired on full time, and we take the average of $15.00 an hour, you will be making about $30,000 per year. Not a pittance, but not a fortune!
What is the upper end of Salary for a Cosmetology Teacher?
If you are really good, enjoyable to be around and the business owner/owners like you, you can expect to make up to $55,000 after 5-10 years of experience. Frankly, that is probably more than an average educator would make. With a lot of experience and even more motivation and drive you may be able to own your own or partially own your own cosmetology school. At that point, the sky is the limit on how much money can be made. Some of the richest people that I’ve known were former and current owners of cosmetology schools. It can be done!
The Benefits of becoming a Cosmetology Teacher?
I decided on becoming a teacher rather than a practitioner soon after schooling began. I enjoyed the interaction with the students and faculty. I enjoyed learning and studying about cosmetology, fashion and the science behind it. I always enjoyed improving and getting better. On the other hand, I did not love giving haircuts all day. I did not love styling hair all day. I did not love some of the gross things I had to look at and touch. I liked to teach, but didn’t love to practice.
The benefits in teaching are great. Some of the girls/boys that I taught became and remain good friends. They will look up to you and many will want to be like you. The students will confide in you and look to you for advice, not only in cutting hair, but in life. It is a very rewarding profession.
How do I become a cosmetology Instructor?
The laws on becoming a cosmetology teacher vary by state. I’m not a lawyer, so I will point you to the law for each state. You will then need to speak with someone in the state that you live for the particulars. For me, I had to complete 1000 hours of training. Complete the instructor training program and pass the required state test. I also had to fill out a lot of paperwork, pay a small fee to the state and wait to hear back. Make sure you check with someone that knows before starting the process of becoming a cosmetology instructor.
State by State Requirements for becoming a licensed cosmetology teacher
What If I’m a licensed cosmetology teacher and move to another state?
Most states, if not all, have reciprocity that is fairly consistent. This means that if you are a licensed instructor and move to another state, all you have to do is fill out the application, pay the application fee and you become licensed in the new state. You do not have to pass all of their requirements (thank goodness, if you’re moving to Texas) or do the mock teaching (if you are moving to West Virginia). Check the links in the table above for the exact information on the state you are moving to.
*This Website was prepared by a Currently licensed Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor.
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