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 Cosmetology Instructor Salary?
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
|State||Summary of Requirements||Job and Licensing Information|
|State||Summary of Requirements||Job and Licensing Information|
|Alabama||Attend Cosmetology School, Pass both sections of the Instructor exam. After approved, complete 16 hours of continuing education.||Learn More|
|Alaska||Can't find any additional requirements other than being a licensed cosmetologist! That's nice..... Getting a Job in Alaska may be a little more difficult.||Learn More|
|Arizona||1). Apply for instructors license 2). Hold H.S. Diploma or be 23 years old 3). Be a licensed cosmetologist 4). Practice at least 1 year and receive 650 hours of training or 5 Years of training in the last 10 years 5). Pass the instructor examination 6). Pay the fees 7). Dang Arizona, you are tough.||Learn More|
|Arkansas||600 Hours of training. 1 hr of classroom theory and 1 hour of instructor theory per week. Pass the state exam.||Learn More|
|California||Check out the link for information and job openings:||Learn More|
|Colorado||Colorado State website is down and has been down. Check back later.......or move to a state that can actually operate a website.||Learn More|
|Connecticut||Requirements not specified.||Learn More|
|Delaware||Click on the learn more to the right. There is a GREAT table put out by Delaware on how to become a licensed cosmetology instructor based on your circumstances. (But do they have beauty schools that are hiring teachers right now?)||Learn More|
|Florida||It looks like in Florda, the schools certify teachers/instructors.||Learn More|
|Georgia||Ehow.com? Sure why not. 1). Apply for cosmetology school; 2). Get an instructors application from the state; 3). Submit application with prove of H.S. Diploma (or GED) 4). Pay certification fee; 5) Complete hourly requirements for instructors.||Learn More|
|Hawaii||Hawaii is chill. Download an application and away you go. Getting a job is a little more difficult than getting licensed.||Learn More|
|Idaho||Wow! You need a lawyer just to read these requirements. Here I'll summarize them: 1). Be a registered cosmetologist; 2). Be at least 16.5 years old; 3). Complete two years of High School; 4). Pass the instructor exam; 5). That's all||Learn More|
|Illinois||Here is a good summary of what is required in Illinois to become a cosmetology teacher: Learn More||Learn More|
|Indiana||Hoosiers: 'Must include a clear head and shoulder photo'. What? They want to see how cute you are? Weird. 2). Be at least 18 3). High School grad or equivalent; 4). 1000 hours of beauty culture instructor education||Learn More|
|Iowa||1,000 hours of Instructor training - complete the Advanced Instructors Institute training, must have a high school diploma or equivalent; be an Iowa licensed cosmetologist.||Learn More|
|Kansas||(1) Be licensed as a cosmetologist (2) either (A) have practiced as a cosmetologist for one year prior to licensure and successfully completed 300 hours of instructor training or (B) have successfully completed 450 hours (3) pass a cosmetology instructor exam (4) pay the nonrefundable fee||Learn More|
|Kentucky||Kentucky's website is so simple: (one of the best) Apprentice Instructor/Instructor: 1000 hours 12th grade education||Learn More|
|Louisiana||In Louisiana, in order to enroll in a Cosmetology Instructor Training Program, the prospective student must have a minimum of 12 months of practical experience. Side Note: That blows, they require actual 'practical experience'||Learn More|
|Maine||OOh lots of requirements for the Port State: 1). H.S. Diploma 2). Maine Cosmetology License 3). 1500 Hours of experience within 3 years (Show your W2's) 4).1000 Hours of cosmetology program OR 12 credits from Post Secondary School OR Valid instructor license from another state and 14 hours of post secondary credits.||Learn More|
|Maryland||1). 1500 clock hours (500 of theory, 1000 of application); 2). Instruction shall include careers in cosmetology, personal development||Learn More|
|Massachusetts||1). Copy of Cosmetology license; 2). H.S. Diploma 3). Drivers License 4). SSN 5). Photo Than pass the exam. Good Luck!||Learn More|
|Michigan||Attend cosmetology school. 500 Hours. Pass the instructor test. Be of good moral character. Pass H.S. or equivalent. Pass the theory examination.||Learn More|
|Minnesota||Current cosmetology license, 1400 hours in licensed salon of experience, pass the practical and theory exams.||Learn More|
|Mississippi||Fill out the forms to the right and fulfill all the requirements of the 'instructor final report'.||Learn More|
|Missouri||200 hours of student teaching; 50 hours of psychology applied to cosmetology, 50 hours of business experience, 300 hours of practice teaching, OR you can qualify based on 3 years experience as a cosmetology, 4.5 college credits in teaching methodology.||Learn More|
|Montana||I don't think they have cosmetologists in Montana. Just the NRA and a Barber in Missoula. Just Kidding. I couldn't find much information on Montana cosmetology instructors.||Learn More|
|Nebraska||Pass the state examination. Details to the right.||Learn More|
|Nevada||1). Be a licensed cosmetologist; 2). Complete H.S. or equivalent; 3). 1 year experience as cosmetologist or student instructor 4). 1000 hours of training or 500 as provisional instructor 5). one or more courses in advanced teaching for 30 hrs.||Learn More|
|New Hampshire||Couldn't find the specific rules for New Hampshire. Sorry...Check with any cosmetology school in New Hampshire to find out. The state website just doesn't provide all the information.||Learn More|
|New Jersey||1). Be 18 2). H.S. or equivalent; 3). Cosmetology license; 4). 500 hours of teacher training; 5). 30 hours of teaching methods; 6). Six months of employment in licensed shop 7). Pass the state instructor exam||Learn More|
|New Mexico||Cosmetology Instructor License in New Mexico: 1000 hours or equivalent of credit.||Learn More|
|New York||Complete a Teacher certificate. Not really much information on the New York 'official' websites. Some states make it tough to find good information.||Learn More|
|North Carolina||I have cracked the code on North Carolina Cosmetology. Steps are laid out in the Learn More section to the right.||Learn More|
|North Dakota||Pass the Teaching Exam. Good luck getting a job. You might have to start your own beauty school to find a teaching job.||Learn More|
|Ohio||1). Be 18 2). Good Moral character 3). Pass H.S. or equivalent 4). Pay the fee 5). Two thousand hours as a licensed cosmetologist OR 1000 hours of cosmetology instructor training.||Learn More|
|Oklahoma||1). Have a current cosmetology license 2). Complete 1000 hours of study or 500 hours (if two years of experience) 3). Pass a written and practical exam 4). H.S. Diploma or GED 5). Over 16 years old.||Learn More|
|Oregon||A combination of no less than two years education and work experience in the subject applicant will be teaching: a)A minimum of one-year work experience as a certified practitioner following State Board certification or licensure is required. b)Additional work experience may be required to meet the two-year minimum should the educational component be less than one year.||Learn More|
|Pennsylvania||1). Be 18 2). H.S. or equivalent 3). Cosmetology license 4). 500 hours of instruction in teacher cirriculum 5) Complete the practical portion of teacher exam||Learn More|
|Rhode Island||1). Hold a licensed hairdresser's/cosmetician's license, issued under the laws of this state, or another state, for at least three (3) years preceding the date of application for an instructor's license; and 2). complete (300) hours of instruction in hairdressing/cosmetic training approved by the Department. 3). Pass the Dept exam||Learn More|
|South Carolina||1). Submit an application to the board; 2). Hold H.S. degree or GED 3). Be a licensed cosmetologist (Including 750 hour training program) 4). 45 hours of training in teaching methods 5). Pay the fee 6). Pass the exam OR 7). Bachelor's degree in related profession||Learn More|
|South Dakota||1). Be a cosmetologist 2). 1000 hours of salon experience 3). 12 clock hour pre approved instructor education 4) Pass the instructor exam 5). Enroll in 1000 hour education program 6). Submit instructor application Than Follow the instructions in the link to the right.||Learn More|
|Tennessee||1). Be 16 or older 2).complete instructor training of 300 hours or serve as a junior instructor for one year. 4) Pass the written and practical exam||Learn More|
|Texas||1). H.S. Diploma or GED 2). Operator's license 3). Within past 5 years have 3 years of work as cosmetologist 4). 12 Hours in general education including ENGL 1301 5). 18 years old 6). Pass exam before taking instructor classes * One Note - Texas is Tough||Learn More|
|Utah||Pay $60.00 - Pass the exam - Complete training program (1000 hours) - 2000 hours of work experience as licensed cosmetologist.||Learn More|
|Vermont||1500 classroom hours or 24 months apprentice for licensure as a cosmetologist. Not easy to find a cosmetology instructor job.||Learn More|
|Virginia||1). Be a cosmetologist 2). Pass course in teaching techniques at post secondary educational level 3). Pass an exam and maintain your cosmetology license||Learn More|
|Washington||Washington has one of the nicest and easy to read websites on becoming an instructor. Good job Washington. I'll eat your apples and sweet onions. 1). Graduate from cosmetology school (minimum 500 hours) 2). Have current license 3). Pass the exam||Learn More|
|West Virginia||Mail in the 'Interview Request form' posted to the right. You will then be contacted and interviewed. The interview will consist of verbal questions and a 10 minute lesson taught by you. Good luck and study hard.||Learn More|
|Wisconsin||Successfully complete the State of Wisconsin examination to become a licensed cosmetology instructor||Learn More|
|Wyoming||I am sorry and I hope no one takes offense, but I'm not sure if Wyoming has a beauty school or a school period. I couldn't find anything.||Learn More|
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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