Five Statistics About Eyelash Extensions That Will Make You Want to Get Certified


With the eyelash extension industry expected to reach $1.5 billion in annual sales over the next five years, Gene Juarez Academy wants graduates to have a slice of that pie.

This past October we added eyelash extension training to our cosmetology program, being one of the only schools in the Seattle area to offer it in a hair program (as a few schools out there only offer it with Esthetics).

We’ve put together five eyelash extension statistics that will make you want to get certified.

  1. YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL. ABC News reports that 75 percent of lash artists earn up to $50,000 a year. That’s an amazing national stat, but the local statistics are even better. As of May 3, 2019, the average annual pay for an Eyelash Extension Artist in Seattle, WA is $69,688 a year (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  2. YOU’LL ACTUALLY LIKE YOUR JOB. According to a Gallop poll, 85% of workers admit to hating their job. So, if you hate your job, you’re not alone. The good news is, 80% of the workers who are active in the eyelash extension industry today say that they are either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their careers (ABC News).
  3. LASH SERVICES ARE ON THE RISE. This billion-dollar industry isn’t going anywhere. Eyelash treatments in 2018 were up by 32 percent, which surpassed even eyebrow products, which was up 24 percent (Nielsen). In 2019 we saw even more growth! This means by the time you get certified, you’ll be jumping into a booming industry with high demand.
  4. FORMAL TRAINING IS NECESSARY. In fact, 89 percent of the eyelash artists operating in the U.S. have completed some type of training so that they can be certified to do their work (Glad Lash). This means if you just get licensed in cosmetology or esthetics, you’re going to have to find outside lash training if you want to perform these services, which can cost thousands of dollars. Why not get certified while you’re in school? The great news is that Gene Juarez Academy doesn’t charge you extra for this course and kit.
  5. NEWBIE LASH ARTISTS ARE WELCOME. A big fear many graduates have is wondering how long it’ll take to build clientele and earn a decent salary. But only 9% of eyelash artists operating in the industry today have more than 10 years of experience (Glad Lash). This means that the majority are newer to the industry. Because lash extensions are just now on the rise, there’s a giant demand for certified workers—and being newly certified won’t hurt your chances of landing a job, growing clientele, and earning more money. In fact, 63 percent of workers in the eyelash extension industry say they are earning the income levels they expected when they took their job (ABC News).

Eyelash Extensions aren’t just a fad—they’re a growing trend that you need to take advantage of. We’ve built this training directly into our Cosmetology program so that when you graduate, you’ll be certified to perform these services. If you’re looking to get started, fill out this form and be part of this booming industry.