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Nail Technician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Nail Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $9.94 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.63 per hour on the lower end to $15.52 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Close to a sixth enjoy medical while nearly one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,860 - $50,595
(Median)
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33K
51K
MEDIAN: $24,776
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$7.63 - $15.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,860 - $50,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $795  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
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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$15,609 - $47,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.63 - $15.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.86 - $7.34  
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.25  
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 - $795  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,590  
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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$15,609 - $47,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $21K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $29K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Nail Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $31K on average.

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.

Experience Affects Nail Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 17% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 82%