This occupation has a low probability of automation.

11.0% probability

of automation

10.6% growth

projected to 2026

617,300 employed

currently in the US

$29,590 annual wage

US, median ($14.23 hourly)

What they do

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services. Excludes "Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance (39-5091), "Manicurists and Pedicurists" (39-5092), and "Skincare Specialists" (39-5094).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 11.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 176 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 617,300 people have this job. They earn $29,590 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $18,265,907,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $14.23.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 10.6% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 682,700 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).