A cosmetology instructor is a licensed professional who instructs cosmetology students on techniques to enhance the appearance of customers. Instruction includes hair shampooing, cutting, coloring and texturizing, as well as skin care, manicures and pedicures. Salary for this occupation can vary based on the type of employer, as well as other factors.
Requirements for cosmetology occupations vary by state, but most employers require approximately 1200 hours of beauty school training and passing a state-administered exam to obtain a license. To become an instructor, some states require an additional 500 hours of training and passing a state-administered exam to receive an instructor's license. Some employers require at least 15 hours of continuing education per year.
Cosmetology instructors can work for vocational schools who offer high school students workforce training, as well as post-secondary beauty schools. Payscale reported average salaries for cosmetology instructors working as vocational training instructors earned an average salary of $37,614 per year. Those working in post-secondary beauty schools as a vocational education teacher earned an average salary of $44,392 per year.
In November 2010, Payscale reported hourly salaries for cosmetology school employees. Those who reported their job title of vocational training instructor earned an average hourly wage of $14.45. Those who reported their job title of post-secondary vocational education teacher earned an average hourly wage of $16.13 per hour.
Those who complete training programs with the guidance of a cosmetology instructor, as well as obtain a license to practice professionally can enter into careers such as hair dressing, nail technician and skin care specialist to name a few. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported median hourly wages for hair dressers were $11.13 per hour in May 2008. Skin care specialists earned median hourly wages of $13.81 per hour.