Nail Technician Salary

Women account for the majority of Nail Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.97 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.75 per hour, and the top verges on $15.37. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Nail Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to a sixth get medical and dental insurance, and less than 10 percent get vision plans, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,878 - $57,687

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$7.75 - $15.37

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$13,878 - $57,687  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $824  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$15,983 - $48,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $15.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.90 - $7.39  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $824  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$15,983 - $48,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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Job Description for Nail Technician

Nail technicians can be found in many salon and spa environments and a talented nail professional may be invited to work at any number of luxurious locations such as spas that are attached to hotels or resorts and independent beauty parlors that offer nail services.

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Nail Technician Tasks

  • Maintain inventory and a clean workspace.
  • Know and follow all health and safety regulations.
  • Treat client nails, including applying polish, manicures, pedicures, paraffin and/or acrylic treatments.
  • Communicate with clients about proper nail care and other services available in the organization.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nail Technician

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


For Nail Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $28K. Nail Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. Nail Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $31K.

Nail Technician Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Nail Technician in Allen Park:
"New Company's."
Upon taking a new job, first find out about their customer reviews and local reputation. Try to test customer service by calling for an appointment as a potential client to see how the clientele is treated through the front staff. What standards of ethics and practice are important to said employer, as they may not be the standards that you are accustomed to upholding for your own clients. What products are used? Are they student or professional grade products? Management, what do they do to ensure a pleasant and professional environment? Is there any benefits or trading of services allowed between co workers? Important questions to ponder that can make a difference between being satisfied or happy with your job. Wish I'd have followed this template upon taking the position I'm in know. Just trying to be patient.

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Experience Affects Nail Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 83%
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