Average Esthetician Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information


Keeping people beautiful is big business! An esthetician (ES-thu-TISH-un) makes money doing just that. Estheticians provide treatments such as facials, chemical peels and hair removal to help people maintain their appearance. Their work environment can be a dermatologist office or a swanky spa. Estheticians can work pretty much anywhere they can find clients.

Career advancement can be limited, but getting certified in technologies such as laser hair removal and injectable cosmetics (like Botox) can increase demand for your skills...and boost your salary! With management training, you could also consider going into business for yourself.

Example esthetician job description

We’re looking for an esthetician to perform skin, body and laser hair removal treatments. The esthetician will consult with clients to assess their requirements, make recommendations for skin care products and explain services. They will also assist clients in selecting treatments to ensure their satisfaction. As an esthetician, you’ll maintain product and service knowledge to promote and sell. You’ll ensure your work areas are clean and tidy, equipment is sanitized and linens are clean at all times. And you’ll treat clients courteously and compassionately.

To ensure success you must maintain your licensure, meet revenue goals, build a solid client base and retain clients. The ideal candidate will be caring and professional and have the ability to make others feel good about themselves.

Typical duties include:

  • Provide waxing, facials, microdermabrasion, body treatments and makeup applications and lessons

  • Adhere to appointments in a timely manner

  • Greet clients in a warm, friendly manner

  • Consult with clients to understand any skin conditions they have that might affect treatment

  • Advise clients on skin care and recommend treatments and home care

  • Keep up-to-date product knowledge to promote and sell spa and salon services

  • Adhere to safety policies for chemical use, cleaning, sanitizing and maintenance of equipment


  • High school diploma or GED

  • State esthetician license

  • 5+ years experience

  • Proficient in performing all skin treatments

  • Great verbal and written communication skills

  • Great people skills

  • Ability to stand for extended periods

  • Ability to maintain strict client confidentiality

Common questions about esthetician jobs

How much does an esthetician make?

The average esthetician makes about $15 an hour. They typically work full-time, but a lot of them work evenings and weekends. A 40+ hour work week is common. The good news is that, if you’re good at your job, you’ll also get tips!

What are the education requirements?

To become an esthetician, you have to take your state’s cosmetology or esthetician program. Then you have to pass a written and practical exam to get your license—unless you live in Connecticut where they don’t require one. A practical exam is a test where you perform the skills you learned in front of an instructor who will grade you on how well you do.

Career paths for estheticians

Once they gain experience and learn new skills, an esthetician can eventually manage a spa or salon. They could also go it alone and open their own spa.

The future of estheticians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of estheticians is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The increase is due to a lot of new services, such as mini-facials and laser therapy, being offered.  Search for esthetician jobs on Snagajob.

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