Medical estheticians are skincare specialists who work in healthcare settings, such as doctors' offices. Their duties may include providing skin treatments, teaching make-up techniques and giving chemical peels. Although some have advanced training, the licensing requirements for medical estheticians are typically the same as for other estheticians -- approved training and passing exams. Many medical estheticians earn more than $40,000 annually, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Doctors' offices were the largest employer of medical estheticians in 2013, according to the BLS. They hired 3,520 estheticians and paid them an average hourly wage of $19.71, or the equivalent of $40,990 per year full time. Most estheticians have full-time jobs. By way of comparison, the average hourly wage for all estheticians was $15.86 in 2013, for an annual salary of $32,990. Overall, 80 percent of estheticians earned between $17,480 and $56,930 per year.
Health and Personal Care Stores
The second-largest employer of medical estheticians in 2013 was health and personal care stores, such as drug stores. The BLS reports that 1,030 medical estheticians in this industry received an average hourly pay of $16.17, or an annual wage of $33,630. This was the lowest-paying industry for medical estheticians.
Other healthcare practitioners -- for example, chiropractors -- employed 670 medical estheticians in 2013, at an average annual wage of $34,480, according to the BLS. Outpatient care centers had 260 estheticians and paid them an average of $45,620 annually. The highest-paying industry for medical estheticians was general medical and surgical hospitals, which paid 90 estheticians $47,430 annually on average. Outpatient centers followed with the second-highest pay of $45,620 per year for 260 estheticians. In ambulatory health services, an unreported number of medical estheticians averaged $35,010 annually.
Although the BLS doesn't report the wages of medical estheticians separately by location, the data on all estheticians provides a general basis for salary expectations. In 2013, the top-paying state for estheticians was New Hampshire, where salaries averaged $42,300 annually. The District of Columbia came in second place and reported an average annual wage of $39,820. Arkansas and Massachusetts also had average yearly pay exceeding $39,000 for estheticians. In contrast, mean annual esthetician salaries ranged from $22,760 to $27,930 in the lowest-paying states. These included Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina.
The BLS predicts a 40-percent growth in jobs for estheticians in all specialties between 2012 and 2022, compared to only 11 percent for all occupations. On-the-job experience or a degree in medical assisting or nursing will improve your chances of finding work as a medical esthetician.