New Barber Job Supply & Demand Info from CareerBuilder!

If you are about to graduate from barber school or cosmetology school, you are probably thinking about next steps so you can get a job with your newly earned barbering license. You may have thought about posting your resume on or other job-finding websites. Well we’ve gotten some information that we think could help you focus your barber job search! One quick note on this data: The following information compares the supply of resumes posted on (“active work force”) against job postings 90% of the online job market.

Some of the industries hiring the most barbers are:

  • Barbershops
  • Beauty salons
  • Department Stores
  • Executive Offices
  • Regulation, Licensing & Inspection Offices
  • Personal Care Services
  • Colleges, Universities & Professional Schools

The pay for barbers is typically hourly rather than salary. The average wages for all barbers (not self-emplooyed) as self-reported by job-seekers posting resumes on CareerBuilder and their affiliated sites is $12.50, but those in the 90th percentile and higher may make  $20 hourly or more. This may or may not account for tips. Compensation appears to increase as you gain more years of experience in the field.

Not sure where to take your hair cutting and coloring skills and shaving prowess and your dreams of being a successful barber? While many, many barbers choose to go the entrepreneurial route and open their own barbershops, these are the top 10 states with the  highest number of barber job listings in the last two years:

  1. Florida
  2. California
  3. New York
  4. New Jersey
  5. Texas
  6. North Carolina
  7. Virginia
  8. Maryland
  9. Georgia
  10. Pennsylvania

Not sure where to begin looking for jobs as a barber? While “Self-Employed” is very common for this profession since so many stylists open their own barbershops, the companies listing the most barbering job openings nationwide for barbers in the last 2 years are:

  • J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.
  • Jude’s Barbershop
  • Georgia Department of Labor
  • Al’s Barbershop
  • Great Clips
  • Rooster Men’s Grooming Salon
  • Redeemer Community Church
  • Ebony Style, LLC
  • Navy Exchange Service Command

So what are you waiting for? If you were waiting to sign up for barber stylist training or barber  school, now is the time! If you’re about to graduate or looking for work in the beauty and barbering industry, there is clearly some un-filled demand for expert barbers calling your name. Get out there and make it happen!