Nail Technician Salary

Women account for the majority of Nail Technicians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $9.95 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.77 per hour on the lower end to $15.32 on the higher end. Geography 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. Roughly a sixth claim medical and dental insurance and less than 10 percent get vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$12,521 - $54,684
(Median)
$13K
$25K
$55K
MEDIAN: $24,514
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$7.77 - $15.32
(Median)
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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
$12,521 - $54,684  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $817  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,087  
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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$15,941 - $48,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$7.77 - $15.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.89 - $7.23  
Overtime
$0.00 - $22.44  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $817  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,087  
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).
)
$15,941 - $48,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $28K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Nail Technicians make a median salary of $30K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
98 %
Male
2 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 16% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 83%
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