Date: November 12th, 2004
Cate: Regular

How many barbers are there in the United States?

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers held about 754,000 jobs in 2002. Of these, barbers, hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists held 651,000 jobs; manicurists and pedicurists, 51,000; skin care specialists, 25,000; and shampooers, 25,000.

Most of these workers are employed in beauty salons or barber shops, but they are also found in nail salons, department stores, nursing and other residential care homes, and drug and cosmetics stores. Nearly every town has a barbershop or beauty salon, but employment in this occupation is concentrated in the most populous cities and States.

Almost half of all barbers, cosmetologists, and other personal appearance workers are self-employed. Many own their own salon, but a growing number lease booth space or a chair from the salon’s owner.


  1. February 23rd, 2010

  2. This was the most exciting post I came across.


    Calculation of number of barbers in a city or country–
    formula N = fP/xvz
    N= number of barbers required,P=population,f=fraction taking a haircut regularly,
    x=number of haircuts a barber can do per hour,y=number of woriking hours in a day without fatigue,
    z=number of days`interval between successive haircuts.
    eg: for USA, P=300million=300*10 to the power6,f=i/4,x=2per hour,y=8hrs,z=60 days,
    substituting, N=(300/4)*10 to the power6/2*8*60
    =75*10 to the power6/960
    For India, P=1000 million, so N= 225000 approx.


  3. CoopCoop  
    June 21st, 2012

  4. Haha, hey Steve, I Googled the infamous interview question and found you as the second hit. Hope all is well!


    I am a professional barber and want to work in a care homes.