How much does an Esthetician earn?

Yearly Income

Estheticians, or skin-care specialists, are part of a very fast growing category of personal appearance workers that includes cosmetologists, barbers, and nail technicians. Estheticians earn an average yearly salary of $33,990 to $51,490 based on 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Salary earnings are only a portion of what an esthetician makes. Tipping is a common practice in the industry, and you can expect to earn a significant part of your income from tips. Typically, tips will range from 10% to 20% of the cost of the service. Your salary is only a portion of the service cost. But you will be tipped on the total cost of service.

Let's look at the math:
An average salary is 30% of the cost of service, and standard tipping is 15% of the cost of service. Using a $100 cost of service,

$100 cost of service X 30% salary = $30
$100 cost of service X 15% tip .......= $15
TOTAL PAID FOR SERVICE................$45

The 15% tip increased your income by 50%!

The average salary range PLUS tips can increase the income range from $50,985 to $77,235. Commissions on product sales typically range from 10% to 30%. You can easily add another 50% to your income through retail commissions.

Where the esthetician is employed, the certifications she holds, the number and type of clients she serves, and the geographical region in which she works all influence the amount an esthetician earns.

Who Employs Estheticians?

The top-paying employers for skin-care workers, according to the BLS as of 2009, are general medical and surgical hospitals; doctor's offices; offices of other health professionals; amusement and recreation industries such as cruise lines, resorts, country clubs and fitness centers; and spas and salons. Other employers include assisted living facilities, correctional institutions and self employment through booth rental or establishment ownership.

Most skin-care workers experience a high level of satisfaction with their careers, and enjoy helping people through their profession.