Barber

License required by 51 states

34th most burdensome licensing requirements.

5th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Barbers or stylists provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.

All 50 states and D.C. require a license to work as a barber. On average, these laws require $154 in fees, over a year (368 days) of education and experience, and about two exams—the 34th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. And because barbers are licensed so widely, the occupation ranks as the fifth most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary widely across states. Nevada is the most burdensome state, requiring four exams, $165 in fees, and nearly 900 days of education and experience (1,500 hours of barber school and an 18-month apprenticeship). At the other end of the spectrum, New York requires three exams, $70 in fees and about 54 days of education (231 hours of coursework).

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Nevada 51 $165 896 1500 clock hours 18 months 4 10 18
2 Massachusetts 51 $164 779 1000 clock hours 18 months 3 0 18
3 North Dakota 51 $250 727 1550 clock hours 1 years 2 12 18
4 South Dakota 51 $300 715 1500 clock hours 1 years 3 10 17
5 North Carolina 51 $270 722 1528 clock hours 1 years 3 0 0
6 Minnesota 51 $182 613 1500 clock hours 1500 clock hours 4 10 0
7 Kentucky 51 $400 532 1500 clock hours 6 months 2 12 18
8 Nebraska 51 $200 490 2100 clock hours 2 12 17
9 Iowa 51 $135 490 2100 clock hours 2 10 16
10 Ohio 51 $120 420 1800 clock hours 2 8 18
11 Michigan 51 $30 420 1800 clock hours 2 10 17
12 Kansas 51 $180 350 1500 clock hours 3 12 16
13 Louisiana 51 $72 350 1500 clock hours 3 12 18
14 D C 51 $230 350 1500 clock hours 2 10 18
15 Tennessee 51 $215 350 1500 clock hours 2 10 17
16 Delaware 51 $218 350 1500 clock hours 2 10 16
17 Arkansas 51 $115 350 1500 clock hours 3 8 17
18 Alaska 51 $315 385 1650 clock hours 2 0 0
19 Montana 51 $80 350 1500 clock hours 2 12 18
20 Rhode Island 51 $75 350 1500 clock hours 2 12 18
21 South Carolina 51 $175 350 1500 clock hours 2 9 17
22 Arizona 51 $140 350 1500 clock hours 2 10 16
23 California 51 $125 350 1500 clock hours 2 10 17
24 Illinois 51 $157 350 1500 clock hours 1 12 16
25 Maine 51 $41 350 1500 clock hours 2 10 17
26 Oklahoma 51 $60 350 1500 clock hours 2 8 16
27 Georgia 51 $30 350 1500 clock hours 2 7 16
28 Mississippi 51 $85 350 1500 clock hours 2 12 0
29 Colorado 51 $155 350 1500 clock hours 2 0 16
30 Indiana 51 $84 350 1500 clock hours 2 0 18
31 Texas 51 $55 350 1500 clock hours 2 0 16
32 Virginia 51 $275 350 1500 clock hours 2 0 0
33 Hawaii 51 $45 350 1500 clock hours 1 0 17
34 New Mexico 51 $160 280 1200 clock hours 3 10 17
35 Pennsylvania 51 $150 292 1250 clock hours 2 8 16
36 West Virginia 51 $134 280 1200 clock hours 2 12 18
37 Oregon 51 $100 315 250 clock hours and 1100 clock hours 3 0 0
38 Florida 51 $428 280 1200 clock hours 1 0 16
39 Vermont 51 $110 233 1000 clock hours 3 12 18
40 Alabama 51 $235 233 1000 clock hours 2 10 16
41 Wyoming 51 $185 233 1000 clock hours 2 10 17
42 Wisconsin 51 $391 233 1000 clock hours 2 0 18
43 Maryland 51 $50 280 1200 clock hours 2 0 0
44 Idaho 51 $100 210 900 clock hours 3 10 17
45 New Jersey 51 $80 210 900 clock hours 2 12 17
46 Missouri 51 $45 233 1000 clock hours 2 0 17
47 Washington 51 $25 233 1000 clock hours 2 0 17
48 Utah 51 $234 233 1000 clock hours 2 0 0
49 Connecticut 51 $100 233 1000 clock hours 1 8 0
50 New Hampshire 51 $129 187 800 clock hours 2 12 16
51 New York 51 $70 54 3 clock hours and 228 clock hours 3 0 17

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