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How Much Does Salon Management School Cost?

Salon Management School Prices

Salon managers oversee the day-to-day operations of beauty salons. Their responsibilities include ensuring health and safety compliance, managing cash flow and inventory, scheduling, supervising, and hiring employees, deciding which goods and services the salon provides, and marketing the business. Managers are typically licensed cosmetologists with several years of experience in the business. In fact, some states require salon managers to be licensed cosmetologists. Depending on the state the manager may also need to obtain a manager's license, which in some cases requires formal education.

Salon Manager Considerations

Anyone interested in a career as a salon manager should keep the following information in mind:


Salary and Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) classifies salon managers as “first line supervisors of personal service workers.” As such, they can expect to earn a median annual wage of approximately $35,000 and a median hourly wage of close to $17.00. Payscale.com estimates that salon managers earn between $27,000 and $42,000 annually.

BLS doesn't provide a specific occupational outlook for salon managers. It does, however, offer projections for barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists — the workers that salon managers oversee. These positions have an expected growth rate of 16%, slightly higher than the 14% expected growth rate for all occupations. BLS notes that demand for advanced hair treatments as well as the number of beauty salons is increasing, so salon managers can reasonably expect demand for their skills to keep pace.

Job Requirements

Check with your state's cosmetology board to learn what, exactly, is required to become a salon manager. As mentioned above, it may be necessary to obtain a cosmetologist's license. Those who aren't already licensed cosmetologists need to first meet state licensing requirements, which usually consist of 1,000 to 2,000 hours of training as well as the completion of a practical and written examination.

If your state additionally requires a manager's license, the requirements for this license will need to be met. Completion of a training program and/or a minimum number of experience hours may be needed to obtain a manager's license.

Salon management programs are typically tailored towards licensed and experienced cosmetologists who want to further their professional development. A certificate or associate's degree in salon management can be beneficial even if state regulations don't call for the distinction.

Salon Management School Average Costs

  • Students who are attending salon management school in order to meet state requirements should choose a state-approved program (i.e. one that offers the appropriate number of hours).
  • Earning a two year associate's degree in salon management might cost as little as $10,000 to $12,000 (for in-state residents attending community college) and as much as $18,000 to $22,000 (for private schools or out-of-state tuition). Note that these cost estimates do not include room and board.
  • Salon management certificate programs can often be completed in one or two semesters and cost significantly less (roughly $2,000 to $6,000) than 2-year programs.
  • Many schools offer financial aid to students; contact the financial aid department of individual institutions to learn more. American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) member schools offer grants and scholarships to beauty students.

Author: Brian Eckert

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