Manicurist or Pedicurist Salary
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. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Usually, the manicurist must be certified by their state's cosmetology board; to obtain this certification, the manicurist must attend a cosmetology school and pass a relevant test. A high school diploma or equivalent is also often a requirement for this position. Manicurists' hours may vary depending on their employers' hours of operation and needs; sometimes weekend hours are necessary, as many nail salons provide weekend services. Prior to being hired, the manicurist may have to demonstrate their skills. On-the-job training may also be necessary prior to becoming a regular manicurist.
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.
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.