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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. Pay ranges from $7.69 per hour on the low end to $15.45 on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Nail Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. One in seven claim medical and dental insurance and less than one in ten get vision coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,642 - $49,865
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$50K
MEDIAN: $24,306
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$7.69 - $15.45
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,642 - $49,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,000  
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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$15,342 - $46,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.69 - $15.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.87 - $7.05  
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,000  
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).
)
$15,342 - $46,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $30K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Nail Technician Advice

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Nail Technician in Allen Park:
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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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 15% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 83%