I've had a number of emails from readers asking how much estheticians make. It's a fair question to ask for someone who is trying to decide if they want to invest in beauty school and start a new career in esthetics. I come from the school of thought that knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have on a subject, the more likely you are to make the best, educated choice for yourself.
When it comes to making money in esthetics (and in any field for that matter), it really depends on what part of the country you live in. I found this great image on www.GoToBeautySchool.com that breaks down how much estheticians make on average in 13 major cities:
I was surprised to see San Francisco on the low-end of the pay spectrum. Especially since the cost of living is so high here. It's no wonder why many people in this industry work at multiple salons. I knew coming out of beauty school that I wouldn't be making my millions right away. This industry is all about paying your dues. You have to be willing to put in the time, make the sacrifices and work really hard. This is why it's so important that you have a lot of passion for this industry and line of work.
I love how, in addition to providing salary averages by city, this image also breaks down how to become an esthetician in five easy steps. If only those five steps were all that easy. Beauty school is no joke. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into my program as a student. Looking back, I have no regrets. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. All of the time and hard work I put in as a student is definitely paying off for me now.
I hope this provides some inspiration for any of you out there considering a career in esthetics.