Nail Technician Salary

Women comprise the majority of Nail Technicians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $10.09 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $7.88 per hour and $15.55. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to around one in seven, and fewer than one in ten earn vision coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13,800 - $53,262
(Median)
$14K
$24K
$53K
MEDIAN: $24,361
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$7.88 - $15.55
(Median)
$7
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$13,800 - $53,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
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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$16,155 - $48,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.88 - $15.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.98 - $7.99  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.44  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
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).
)
$16,155 - $48,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $29K. Nail Technicians bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. For some reason, Nail Technicians with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $29K.

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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

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$25,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
medical benefits
Vision: 9%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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