An esthetician’s salary is largely dependent on the area of employment and the establishment at which that they are working. In addition to a varying salary, you definitely want to consider the possibility of commissions and benefits. These two factors can contribute significantly to your yearly earnings, and are often overlooked by people looking for jobs in the skin care field.
The pay range varies greatly, starting at around $20,000 and going up to $40,000 to $60,000 or even higher! Regardless of your income, it is also possible to earn commissions as an esthetician. Although this mostly happens in the beauty salon industry, you may see medical-based jobs that offer commissions on product sales as well.
Fortunately, product sales come very naturally to the esthetician job. Depending on a client’s situation, skin care products are often used to assist them with their needs.
Don’t expect to make commissions on product sales unless the job description or employer clearly states so.
Benefits are an extremely important consideration when searching for an esthetician job. Did you know that benefits can easily amount to $10,000 to over $20,000 additional per-year on top of your salary? Here’s how:
- Vacation Time
- Sick Time
- Holiday Pay
- Insurance Coverage (Medical/Dental/Vision)
- Employee Health
- Continuing Education
The list of income perks and additions add up quickly. Keep these items in mind when searching for employment, because if you can find a job with a lower annual salary but a great benefits package, it often outweighs a higher paying position. Also, companies that offer these benefits packages can be more committed to the employees, especially those offering educational benefits.