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Nail Technician Salary

Nail Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $9.99 per hour for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $7.75 per hour, and the top verges on $15.41. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Around one in seven get medical and dental insurance, and fewer than one in ten get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Nail Technicians. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,000 - $55,000
(Median)
$13K
$25K
$55K
MEDIAN: $24,567
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$7.75 - $15.41
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$13,000 - $55,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,799  
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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$15,469 - $47,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.75 - $15.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89 - $7.18  
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 - $900  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,799  
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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$15,469 - $47,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199

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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.


Nail Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. Nail Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $30K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $31K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 15% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 84%
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