Nail Technician Salary

The median total income of Nail Technicians is around $25K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (just under a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a fifth enjoy medical while about one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in ten. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,284 - $48,330
$12K
$24K
$48K
MEDIAN: $24,084
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$8.11 - $16.35
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$16
MEDIAN: $10.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$12,284 - $48,330  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
Commission
$979 - $20,545  
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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$16,693 - $45,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.11 - $16.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.23 - $8.81  
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$3,000  
   
Commission
$979 - $20,545  
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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$16,693 - $45,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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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

  • 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.
  • Maintain inventory and a clean workspace.
  • Know and follow all health and safety regulations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Nail Technician

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. Nail Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $27K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $24K by contrast.

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Q: What is it like working as a Nail Technician?

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.

Key Stats for Nail Technician

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Nail Technician Salaries

Mid-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Late-Career
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 81%
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