Esthetician Schools in New York State

If you hope to become an esthetician, New York may be the perfect place to get your start. Not only is it the most beauty-obsessed state in the country, but it's also the worst state for dry skin and oily skin—meaning the residents could use your help for more than just a relaxing day out.

Browse our directory of esthetician schools in New York, or skip ahead to learn about the state's esthetician licensing requirements and job outlook.

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10 County Center Road Suite 301
White Plains, NY 10607


233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013

(212) 807-1492
Cosmetology, Esthetics

251 West Route 59
Nanuet, NY 10954

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Design, Makeup Artistry

39 North Plank Road
Newburgh, NY 12550

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Hair Design

9 4th Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11706

(934) 888-6011
Esthetics, Nail Technology

239 Central Avenue 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY 10606

Esthetics, Laser Hair Removal, Makeup Artistry

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Aa Plus Beauty School

154-05 Northern Boulevard Room 309
Queens, NY 11354

Aesthetic Science Institute – Accredited

922 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110

American Beauty School - Bronx – Accredited

1380 Metropolitan Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462

Arrojo Cosmetology School – Accredited

56 King Street
New York, NY 10014

Associated Skin Care

375 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics – Accredited

226 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Beauty Beauty International School

41 7th Avenue South
New York, NY 10014

Berkowits School of Esthetics – Accredited

107-25 Metropolitan Avenue
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Beval International Beauty School

985 Church Street
Baldwin, NY 11510

Brittany Beauty Academy - Bronx – Accredited

210 East 188th Street Floor 2
Bronx, NY 10458

Brittany Beauty Academy - Brooklyn – Accredited

375 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Brittany Beauty Academy - Levittown – Accredited

3274 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756

Career School of NY – Accredited

350 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301

Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics, Skin Care and Makeup – Accredited

1501 Broadway 7th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Continental School of Beauty - Mattydale – Accredited

2803 Brewerton Road
Mattydale, NY 13211

Continental School of Beauty - Rochester – Accredited

633 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623

Continental School of Beauty - West Seneca – Accredited

1050 Union Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

Erie 1 BOCES – Accredited

1526 Walden Avenue Suite 200
Cheetowaga, NY 14225

Grace International Beauty School – Accredited

136-31 41st Avenue
Queens, NY 11355

Hair on Hudson Academy

21 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

International Beauty Institute

163-07 Depot Road Suite 100
Flushing, NY 11358

Ishel Cosmetics

413 East 158th Street
Bronx, NY 10451

Its Academy NY

635 Madison Avenue Suite 1400
New York, NY 10022

Jj Eyelash Academy

45 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Long Island Beauty School - Bay Shore – Accredited

173-A Fulton Avenue
Bay Shore, NY 11550

Long Island Beauty School - Hauppauge – Accredited

544 Route 111
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Long Island Nail & Skin Care Institute

3709 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756

Modern International Beauty School

4802 8th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

New York Institute of Beauty – Accredited

11 Oval Drive Suite 180
Islandia, NY 11749

New York Institute of Esthetics

4701 Transit Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

Parisien Beauty School

50-15 Roosevelt Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377

Pro Plasma Esthetic

247 West Fayette Street Suite 210
Syracuse, NY 13202

Queen Divas Body Sculpting & Esthetics Academy – Accredited

510 Ocean Avenue
East Rockaway, NY 11518

Shear Ego International School of Hair Design – Accredited

525 Titus Avenue
Rochester, NY 14617

The Lia Schorr Institute – Accredited

57 West 57 Street Suite 1409
New York, NY 10019

The Salon Professional Academy - Tonawanda – Accredited

2309 Eggert Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
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You must attend a school that meets any licensure requirements as defined by your state. Most states require that you graduate from an accredited or state-approved school.

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How to Become a Esthetician in New York

New York Esthetician Careers At a Glance
  • 600 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 4 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for estheticians in New York is $41,660 ($20.03/hour). This is higher than the national average of $34,090 ($16.39/hour).
  • There is a predicted 9% job increase between 2018–2028 for estheticians. This is lower than the expected national growth of 11%.

If you're considering becoming an esthetician in the state of New York, there are several requirements you must meet to get licensed. These include:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Complete an approved 600-hour training course
  • Submit an Affirmation of New York State Approved Schooling form, completed by your school
  • Pass 2.5- hour written and two-hour practical exam
  • Pay a $40 application license fee (plus an additional $10 for a temporary license, if needed)
  • Complete a one-hour course on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness
  • Take a physical and submit a health certification completed by a physician, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner

Esthetician Salary in New York and Projected Job Growth


Average yearly salary for esthetics in New York

Note: The federal government collected salary data before the state of New York, as well as individual cities therein, raised their minimum wages. We use the most recent data available when writing these pieces.

On average, New York State estheticians earn $41,660 annually or $20.03 per hour. Typical pay for estheticians throughout the state ranges between $25,070 and $63,170. New York estheticians' number of jobs is expected to increase by 9% between 2018 and 2028.

Salary rates are impacted by skill, experience, and where you work – and that includes both location and the type of facility. For example, an esthetician at a high-end spa in New York City can expect to earn a higher salary than someone living in a rural area. If you work as a medical esthetician, you may earn a higher salary than an esthetician in a standard spa or salon.

According to O*Net (2021), the highest-paying metro areas for estheticians in New York are:

  • New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA: $37,220
  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York: $35,090
  • Syracuse, New York: $34,760
  • Rochester, New York: $31,800
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York: $30,750

What to Expect From an Esthetician Program in New York

600 Education Hours

Required to earn a esthetics license

To earn your esthetician's license, you'll need to complete a total of 600 hours of training at a state-approved beauty school. During this time, you'll take a range of classes covering topics such as chemistry, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and job skills.

Though the hours and types of classes you take may vary slightly by school, you can expect to take the courses over the following types of compounds or services for clients' face, arms, legs, necks, and shoulders:

  • Depilatories
  • Eyelash treatments
  • Lotions
  • Makeup
  • Sanding
  • Tonics
  • Tweezing
  • Waxes

Though you can perform these treatments using manual, mechanical, chemical, or electrical means, you won't be allowed to practice electrology.

Can I Apprentice as an Esthetician in New York?

Currently, the state of New York doesn't offer an apprenticeship path to esthetician licensure.

New York Esthetician Licensing Requirements

After completing the required 600 hours of training, you'll sign up to take the written and practical exams via the online services page. Each test can be retaken as many times as needed, and the cost is $15 per exam per attempt.

The written test is a 2.5-hour, multiple-choice test scored as either pass or fail. Sign up for the test at one of the written exam sites, and remember to bring proof of identification and two number two pencils. Currently, the test cannot be taken online.

The two-hour-long practical exam requires you to demonstrate your ability to prepare a model, remove superfluous hair, perform a facial, and apply makeup. To pass, you must score at least 70%. Log in to your NYS License Center account to check for scores after taking the exam.

After passing the written and practical exam, you'll receive your license in the mail.  

New York Esthetician Licensure Reciprocity

The state of New York has endorsement agreements with other states and transfers school credits in certain situations.

If you worked as an esthetician for five years outside of New York State, you may apply for licensure. You must submit an original certification, a copy of tax returns indicating your position as an esthetician, and two statements from previous employers, co-workers, or clients verifying at least five years of experience.

If you completed your education but didn't practice for five years outside of New York, you may be able to waive the schooling requirement. You must provide:

  • School certificate
  • School transcript listing the courses and hours completed
  • Current certification of licensure or a current certification from the state board verifying your training hours

Note this only waves the 600-hour schooling requirement. You'll still need to complete the written and practical exam. 

Esthetician Specialties in New York

While earning an esthetician license doesn't allow you to practice electrology (also called electrolysis) in New York, you may earn a certification. The state board doesn't regulate this, but the New York Electrolysis Association provides resources for those interested in earning an electrolysis certification.

Likewise, there is no license for medical estheticians. However, if you want to become a medical esthetician—which allows you to perform more in-depth treatments than standard estheticians—you should pursue continuing education in relevant subjects. Some schools in New York offer advanced esthetics programs with a focus on this field.

If becoming a nurse esthetician is your goal, you need to earn a nursing degree. Nurse estheticians can perform all treatments estheticians can and then some, including Botox.

License Renewal

4 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

Your New York esthetician license is valid for four years. A few months before it expires, you'll receive a renewal notice in the mail with directions on applying for renewal. You can also log in to your account and complete the process there.

There are currently no continuing education requirements for New York estheticians.

The cost of license renewal is currently $40. A $10 late fee may be charged if you fail to renew your license before it expires.

Contact the New York State Board of Esthetics

New York Department of State, Division of Licensing Services

Resources for Estheticians in New York

New York State Beauty School Association
The NYSBSA monitors regulations that may impact member schools. It also offers a list of state-approved beauty schools.

Esthetics/Skin Care
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