Esthetician Instructor Salary and Career Facts

Research what it takes to become an esthetician instructor. Learn about the educational and licensing requirements, job outlook and potential salary to find out if this is the career for you. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Information At a Glance

As an esthetician instructor, you'll help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the profession. The table below provides information for this career:

Education Required Bachelor's degree AND an esthetician instructor or cosmetology instructor program
Key Responsibilities Instruct & assist students, develop course curriculum, grade work, lecture
Licensure State license for instructors AND an esthetician or cosmetology license
Job Growth (2012-22) 9%* (career/technical education teachers)/ 12%* (postsecondary vocational education teachers)
Median Salary (2013) $35,299** (cosmetology instructors)/ $52,680* (postsecondary vocational education teachers)

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **

What Are the Job Duties of an Esthetician Instructor?

An esthetician instructor, you'll teach students everything they need to know to begin a career as an esthetician. Your job duties will include meeting with potential students to explain the career, course requirements and details of the program. You may construct a course of study, including tests, hands-on work and skill building exercises.

The best instructors work closely with students to help them understand esthetic concepts, grade students' work and lecture on esthetics. You may also offer career assistance and advice to students after they complete the program. You may advise current and former students on licensing requirements and refer them to continuing education sources if necessary.

What Education Is Required?

The typical education requirement for an esthetician instructor is completion of an esthetician instructor or cosmetology instructor program. Most of these programs require a bachelor's degree and experience working as an esthetician or cosmetologist. Most programs also require you to hold a current esthetician or cosmetology license. Some programs may require a set amount of prior professional experience and possibly even prior management experience.

An esthetician instructor program focuses on theories, skills and techniques. A cosmetology instructor program includes instruction on esthetics, but also covers other areas, such as nail technology and hair design. Both types of programs provide training in the development of lesson plans, education principles, classroom management, professional conduct and student evaluation.

What Are the Licensing Requirements?

Licensing requirements are developed at the state level, but typically you must have completed a state-approved instructor program, hold a current cosmetology or esthetics license and pass a written and practical examination. Some states have specific licenses for esthetician instructors, while some have general cosmetology instructor licenses. All states have some type of licensing requirement and impose penalties if you do not obtain a license before beginning your teaching career.

What Salary Could I Earn?

Salary information for esthetician instructors is not readily available on its own. The closest salary figures are for cosmetology instructors and postsecondary vocational education teachers. reported that as of December, 2014, cosmetology instructors earned a median salary of $35,299 a year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported postsecondary vocational education teachers earned a median salary of $48,300, as of May 2013 (

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