Most Manicurist or Pedicurists in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $11.48 per hour. For the most part, Manicurist or Pedicurists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and just under one-fifth earn dental coverage.

$15,900 - $54,000
(Median)
$16K
$24K
$54K
MEDIAN: $24,271
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$8.36 - $20.61
(Median)
$8
$11
$21
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$15,900 - $54,000  
   
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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$18,146 - $50,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.36 - $20.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63 - $11.17  
Overtime
$9.00  
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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$18,146 - $50,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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

  • 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.
  • Provide consistent, professional, and high-quality nail services.
  • Uphold company sanitization and sterilization standards in accordance with government regulations.

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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.


Manicurist or Pedicurists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $28K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $29K. Manicurist or Pedicurists see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $36K.

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Experience Affects Manicurist or Pedicurist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$29,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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