Philadelphia, PA (population: 1,445,993) has four cosmetology schools within its city limits. Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, the highest ranked school in the city with a cosmetology program, has a total student population of 346. It is the 1630th highest ranked school in the USA and the 148th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Cosmetology students from Philadelphia schools who go on to become cosmetologists, hair stylists, barbers, skin care specialists, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 349,210 people working as hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $27,070. Also, Manicurists and pedicurists make on average $22,150 per year and there are about 53,020 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area alone, there are 1,510 employed manicurists and pedicurists earning an average salary of $19,910. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists in this area earn $29,060/yr and there are 7,690 employed.
Philadelphia lies in Philadelphia county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Philadelphia Metropolitan area has 1,832,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.6% unemployment rate, $23.24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,340 average annual salary. Thus, about 4.198 out of every 1000 jobs in Philadelphia are held by hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists, and 0.824/1000 are held by manicurists and pedicurists.
Of the 4 cosmetology schools in Philadelphia, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Empire Beauty School-Philadelphia Chestnut St comes out as the most expensive ($27,252/yr) for cosmetology students, with L T International Beauty School as the lowest, reported at only $12,264/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Philadelphia|
|Willow Grove||PA||-||3||11.6322||2||9.3 miles|
|Cherry Hill||NJ||67,762||4||25.0729||31||10.3 miles|
|Saint Davids||PA||-||1||63.725||73||13.3 miles|
|Mount Laurel||NJ||-||1||24.9456||10||13.7 miles|
|North Wales||PA||-||1||28.6361||21||16.0 miles|
|New Castle||DE||-||1||19.251||66||33.4 miles|
|West Windsor||NJ||-||1||10.9855||60||33.6 miles|
|Center Valley||PA||-||2||15.5079||66||38.5 miles|
|Mays Landing||NJ||-||1||11.4678||27||44.1 miles|
|Lincoln University||PA||-||1||24.1268||75||44.6 miles|
|East Brunswick||NJ||48,086||0||-||0||47.4 miles|
|New Brunswick||NJ||52,736||2||41.2629||152||48.9 miles|
|Toms River||NJ||131,619||3||29.102||89||51.1 miles|