Cost of living in California is the sixth highest in the nation, according to a new survey by a leading business-school and financial-aid provider.
The survey found that California’s cosmetological school is among the priciest in the country, with an average annual tuition of $53,000 for the four-year degree.
It costs $34,000 to earn a cosmological certificate.
That compares with an annual cost of $39,800 for a bachelor’s degree in cosmetics in the United States.
The average cost of living is $44,000 in California, compared with $53 for the national average.
The study, released Wednesday by the American Council on Education, compared the cost of college tuition and housing for cosmetologists to the cost for students in other professions.
The report also found that cosmetists earn more than medical and legal professionals, as well as public and private employers.
Cosmetologists earn an average of $65,000 annually compared with a median salary of $42,000, the study said.
The median salary for cosmologists in the U.S. is $73,000.
Cosmetologists in California earned $66,000 more than those in Texas, the highest-paid state, the survey said.
California has more than 5,500 licensed cosmetologic schools.
There are 1,600 in the Bay Area alone, the university said.