Women make up the vast majority of Manicurist or Pedicurists in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.49 per hour. Most Manicurist or Pedicurists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a third, and one-seventh earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$16,569 - $50,684
$17K
$25K
$51K
MEDIAN: $24,578
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$8.65 - $22.50
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$10
$22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$16,569 - $50,684  
   
Commission
$1,041  
Total Pay (?
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$18,094 - $51,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.65 - $22.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.01 - $11.17  
Overtime
$12.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Commission
$1,041  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,094 - $51,086  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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Job Description for Manicurist or Pedicurist

A manicurist maintains and decorates clients’ nails at a nail salon; this generally includes fingernails and may include toenails as well. Other duties that may be carried out by the manicurist include performing scrubs, removing calluses and conducting front-desk duties such as greeting customers, answering phone calls, scheduling appointments and handling money. It is important to have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity in this position, as well as be familiar with tools such as nail files, nail clippers, nail polish and acrylic nails. Manicurists must be creative and have a good eye for designs and colors that will meet customers' expectations. Customer service skills are also needed to ensure customers are satisfied and return at a later date. Manicurists may also perform inventory duties to ensure supplies are in stock. They must follow hygiene and safety rules at all times.

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Manicurist or Pedicurist Tasks

  • Provide consistent, professional, and high-quality nail services.
  • Uphold company sanitization and sterilization standards in accordance with government regulations.
  • Promote the health benefits of regular nail care and sell additional spa services and add-ons.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of manicure and pedicure trends and styles.

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Pay by Experience Level for Manicurist or Pedicurist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Manicurist or Pedicurists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $28K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $28K. On average, Manicurist or Pedicurists make $32K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Manicurist or Pedicurist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $39K.

Key Stats for Manicurist or Pedicurist

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Manicurist or Pedicurist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 70%
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