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Barber

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 50 states
13th most burdensome licensing requirements
5th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

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

Summary

Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia require a license to work as a barber; only Alabama does not. On average, these laws cost aspiring barbers 416 days in education and training and $130 in fees and require them to pass one written and one practical exam -- the 13th 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 occupation.

License requirements for barbers vary widely across states. Nevada has the most burdensome requirements with nearly two-and-a-half years lost to education and an apprenticeship, four exams and $140 in fees. At the other end of the spectrum, Wyoming requires 175 days of education, one written and one practical exam and $125 in fees.

(Last updated May 3, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Nevada 140 890 4 10 18
2 New York 60 884 3 0 17
3 South Dakota 200 715 3 10 18
4 North Dakota 200 727 2 12 0
5 Massachusetts 103 733 3 0 16
6 Minnesota 125 700 4 10 0
7 North Carolina 120 722 3 0 0
8 Maine 61 653 3 10 17
9 Kentucky 330 620 2 12 17.5
10 Idaho 100 630 3 10 16.5
11 Nebraska 110 490 2 12 17
12 West Virginia 85 467 3 12 18
13 Michigan 20 467 2 10 17
14 Iowa 280 420 2 10 16
15 Wisconsin 203 420 2 12 18
16 Ohio 120 420 2 8 18
17 Kansas 180 350 3 12 16
18 Tennessee 215 350 2 10 17
19 Alaska 290 385 2 0 0
20 Arkansas 115 350 3 8 16.5
21 Montana 115 350 2 12 18
22 South Carolina 165 350 2 9 17
23 Arizona 140 350 2 10 16
24 California 125 350 2 10 17
24 Missouri 125 350 2 10 17
26 Rhode Island 75 350 2 12 18
27 Illinois 142 350 1 12 16
28 Washington, D.C. 230 350 2 0 18
29 Louisiana 90 350 1 12 18
30 Georgia 95 350 2 7 16
31 Mississippi 125 350 2 0 17
32 Delaware 95 350 2 10 0
33 Indiana 90 350 2 0 18
34 Colorado 95 350 2 0 16
35 Texas 70 350 2 0 16
35 Oklahoma 70 350 2 0 16
37 Virginia 225 350 2 0 0
38 Hawaii 45 350 2 0 17
39 Connecticut 50 350 1 8 0
40 New Mexico 125 280 3 10 17
41 Pennsylvania 159 292 2 8 16
42 New Jersey 110 280 2 12 17
43 Florida 242 280 2 0 16
44 Vermont 120 233 3 12 18
45 Maryland 60 280 2 0 0
46 Oregon 73 257 2 0 0
47 Washington 0 233 2 0 17
48 New Hampshire 124 187 2 12 16
49 Utah 147 233 2 0 0
50 Wyoming 125 175 2 12 17

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