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Job Opportunities and Pay Range for an Esthetician

With esthetics training, you can pursue various career paths in the beauty and wellness industry. Some of the job titles that you can apply for include:

  • Esthetician: An esthetician provides various skincare and beauty treatments to clients, such as facials, hair removal, and makeup application.
  • Makeup artist: A makeup artist specializes in makeup application for various occasions, such as weddings, photoshoots, and events.
  • Beauty consultant: A beauty consultant provides expert advice to clients on skincare and makeup products, as well as beauty treatments that are suitable for their skin type and concerns.
  • Spa therapist: A spa therapist provides various wellness and relaxation treatments, such as massages, body wraps, and hydrotherapy, in a spa or resort setting.
  • Beauty product sales representative: A beauty product sales representative promotes and sells skincare and makeup products to clients, either in a retail store or through online channels.

The specific job opportunities available to you may depend on your location, experience, and certification or licensure requirements in your region. However, with proper training and certification, you can pursue a fulfilling career in the esthetics industry.

Pay Ranges for an Esthetician

The pay for esthetician jobs varies based on several factors, including the location, level of experience, education and certifications, and the specific industry or employer. Here are some estimated salary ranges for different esthetician job titles in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and industry surveys:

  • Esthetician: The median annual wage for estheticians in the United States was $35,090 as of May 2020, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $21,280 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $62,080.
  • Makeup artist: The median annual wage for makeup artists in the United States was $76,940 as of May 2020, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $23,860 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $146,740.
  • Beauty consultant: The median hourly wage for beauty consultants in the United States is around $14.14 per hour, but this can vary based on experience, location, and employer.
  • Spa therapist: The median hourly wage for spa therapists in the United States is around $17.84 per hour, but this can vary based on experience, location, and employer.
  • Beauty product sales representative: The median annual wage for sales representatives in the United States was $63,040 as of May 2020, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $32,560 and the highest 10 percent earning more than $130,130.

It’s worth noting that many estheticians also earn tips, which can significantly increase their income. Additionally, those who own their own spa or salon may have higher earning potential.

 

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