An electrologist works in the cosmetology field, specializing in permanent hair removal using electrolysis. Electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the American Electrology Association website. The association reports that most electrologists run their own business, while some work for another electrolysis specialist or for a cosmetology service. Electrologists employed by others generally earn about half as much as business owners.
An electrologist can typically begin her own business with an investment of less than $10,000, according to the American Electrology Association. An established electrologist who works full-time earns an estimated $25,000 to $50,000 per year, says the association's website. In addition to higher income, owning a business allows an electrologist to set her own work schedule.
Electrologists as Employees
Salary.com provides information on electrologists who work for someone else. The median pay rate for these individuals was $20,933 per year as of March 2011. Salaries for the middle 50 percent of the earnings scale ranged from about $17,000 to $25,500 per year. The top 10 percent of electrologists working as employees earned more than $29,620 per year.
Salaries for electrologists vary by geography. Electrologists in Clarksburg, West Virginia, for instance, earned a median annual salary of $18,227 in March 2011, while those in Las Vegas, Nevada, had a median annual pay rate about 15 percent higher, at $21,463. Electrologists in Lancaster, Ohio, earned $19,136 per year on average; in Bismarck, North Dakota, $19,311; in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, $19,579; in Orlando, Florida, $19,950; in New London, Connecticut, $22,909, in New York City, $24,743; and in San Jose, California, $25,359. The top 25 percent of electrologists in San Jose earned $30,868 per year on average, and the top 10 percent earned $35,885 per year or more.
All types of occupations involving personal appearance work should experience fast job growth until at least 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities should be good, especially for entry-level workers, although intense competition exists for higher-paying positions.
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