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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. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $7.72 per hour and $15.40. Residence 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-seventh receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in ten get vision insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$12,479 - $51,233
(Median)
$12K
$25K
$51K
MEDIAN: $24,567
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$7.72 - $15.40
(Median)
$7
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $9.00
10%
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$12,479 - $51,233  
   
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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$15,459 - $47,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.72 - $15.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.87 - $7.09  
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).
)
$15,459 - $47,483  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200

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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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $22K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. Nail Technicians bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

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 35 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 14% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 85%
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