Cosmetologist

Cosmetologists and hair stylists provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring and styling hair, and massaging and treating the scalp. They may also apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
License required by 51 states
30th most burdensome licensing requirements
4th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

All 50 states and D.C. require a license to work as a cosmetologist. On average, these laws cost aspiring cosmetologists $177 in fees and over a year (386 days) in education and experience and require them to pass two exams—the 30th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. And because cosmetologists are licensed by every state and D.C., the occupation is the fourth most widely and onerously licensed.

Licensing burdens vary significantly. Fees range from $51 (Ohio) to $450 (Alaska). Similarly, education and experience requirements range from about 233 days in New York (1,000 hours of education) to about 963 days in Massachusetts (1,000 hours of education and two years of experience).

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Massachusetts 51 $270.00 963 1000 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
2 Kentucky 51 $200.00 602 1800 clock hours 6 months 3 12 16
3 South Dakota 51 $80.00 490 2100 clock hours - 3 12 18
4 Nebraska 51 $78.00 490 2100 clock hours - 1 12 17
5 Montana 51 $254.00 467 2000 clock hours - 2 12 18
6 Iowa 51 $118.00 490 2100 clock hours - 1 12 0
7 Idaho 51 $186.00 467 2000 clock hours - 2 10 17
8 Wyoming 51 $123.00 467 2000 clock hours - 2 10 16
9 West Virginia 51 $134.00 420 1800 clock hours - 3 12 18
10 North Dakota 51 $185.00 420 1800 clock hours - 3 12 0
11 Hawaii 51 $110.00 420 1800 clock hours - 1 12 16
12 Colorado 51 $177.00 420 1800 clock hours - 2 0 16
13 New Mexico 51 $253.00 373 1600 clock hours - 3 10 17
14 Arizona 51 $247.00 373 1600 clock hours - 2 10 16
15 Vermont 51 $360.00 350 1500 clock hours - 3 12 18
16 Oregon 51 $115.00 397 1700 clock hours - 3 0 0
17 Alaska 51 $450.00 385 1650 clock hours - 2 0 0
18 Nevada 51 $145.00 373 1600 clock hours - 2 10 18
19 California 51 $125.00 373 1600 clock hours - 2 10 17
20 Minnesota 51 $285.00 362 1550 clock hours - 3 12 0
21 Washington 51 $230.00 373 1600 clock hours - 2 0 17
22 Wisconsin 51 $391.00 362 1550 clock hours - 2 0 18
23 Mississippi 51 $233.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 12 17
24 Kansas 51 $195.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 12 17
25 D C 51 $230.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 18
26 Texas 51 $176.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 12 17
27 Alabama 51 $235.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 16
28 Delaware 51 $225.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 16
29 Georgia 51 $139.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 12 17
30 Michigan 51 $200.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 9 17
31 Rhode Island 51 $100.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 12 18
32 South Carolina 51 $175.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 16
33 Utah 51 $234.00 373 1600 clock hours - 2 0 0
34 Missouri 51 $150.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 17
35 Maine 51 $148.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 17
36 Arkansas 51 $125.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 16
37 Maryland 51 $104.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 9 17
38 Louisiana 51 $75.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 16
39 New Hampshire 51 $198.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 12 0
40 Ohio 51 $51.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 10 16
41 Oklahoma 51 $60.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 8 16
42 Indiana 51 $92.00 350 1500 clock hours - 1 10 18
43 Tennessee 51 $190.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 0 16
44 Virginia 51 $280.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 0 0
45 Illinois 51 $210.00 350 1500 clock hours - 1 0 16
46 North Carolina 51 $197.00 350 1500 clock hours - 2 0 0
47 Connecticut 51 $100.00 350 1500 clock hours - 1 9 0
48 New Jersey 51 $119.00 280 1200 clock hours - 2 12 17
49 Pennsylvania 51 $110.00 292 1250 clock hours - 1 10 16
50 Florida 51 $90.00 280 1200 clock hours - 2 0 16
51 New York 51 $70.00 233 1000 clock hours - 2 0 17