Cosmetology Career Outlook

Percent Employed




WITC Cosmetology Graduate Survey Responses 2016-2017

Employed in Related Field


Employed in a Related Field


WITC Cosmetology Graduate Survey Responses 2016-2017

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$7,200 - $20,798

Range of Yearly Salary




Typical positions available after graduation include:

Cosmetologist working in a hair salon


Cosmetologists provide scalp and facial treatments and makeup analysis. Some also clean and style wigs and hairpieces. In addition, most cosmetologists actively recommend professional hair care products or salon hair care products.

Nail Technician filing a client's nails

Nail Technician

Nail Technicians work exclusively on the hands and feet, providing treatments to groom fingernails and toenails. A typical treatment involves soaking the clients’ hands or feet to soften the skin in order to remove dead skin cells. Nail Technicians apply lotion to the hands and feet to moisturize the skin. They also may shape and apply polish to artificial fingernails.

Additional opportunities include: 

  • Color Technician

  • Make-up Artist

  • Skin Care/Esthetics

With additional experience, graduates may move into one of these positions: 

  • Manager
  • Owner
  • Platform Artist
  • Instructor
  • Independent Contractor
  • Consultant

Hear From Graduates

"The program at WITC was like a job. I felt very prepared for working in the industry. It was a very professional atmosphere, and there was a good variety of people to work on. Plus, it's a lot easier to get licensed in other states once you have the Wisconsin license."

Amber McGregor, WITC Cosmetology graduate

The potential starting wage range is compiled from 2017 WITC or WTCS Graduate Follow-Up Report. If not available, wage data is compiled from Economic Modeling Software Intl (10th and 25th percentile earnings) and/or Wisconsin Worknet (Wage Comparison Tool) using the Standard Occupation Code(s) (SOC) the WTCS has assigned to the programs. When possible, the wage range is compiled using data from the 11 counties within the WITC district. Starting wage ranges for new programs are reviewed by the advisory team. Wage data was compiled April 2018. 


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