How Much Money Do Nail Techs Make?

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How Much Money Do Nail Techs Make?
A nail tech gives a pedicure. (pedicure image by Earl Robbins from

A nail technician, also known as a nail tech, cleans and polishes fingernails and toenails. These workers provides various services, such as manicures, pedicures and nail extensions. A nail technician can also be known as a manicurist and pedicurist, according to O*Net Online, a website sponsored by the Department of Labor. If you are interested in becoming a nail tech, you probably want to know what they're paid.

National Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals that the mean hourly wage for manicurists and pedicurists was £6.90 and the mean annual wage was £14,397 in May 2009.

High Employment

The personal-care services industry employed the most manicurists and pedicurists, with an annual mean annual wage of £14,293, according to the BLS in May 2009. Other industries that employed high numbers of manicurists and pedicurists were: amusement, gambling and recreational industries, £17,712; the traveller accommodation industry, £17,875; the department stores industry, £13,559; and the health and personal-care stores industry, £13,396.

Top Paying States

Manicurists and pedicurists received the highest pay in Vermont, with an annual mean wage of £21,892, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009. Other states or areas that offered high pay were as follows: Oregon, £20,858; Utah, £19,357; the District of Columbia, £19,103; and North Dakota, £18,622.

Earning Factors

Entry-level workers, as with most careers, usually have low earnings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those with more experience earn significantly more. Factors that can impact earnings are the salon's size, its location and the employee's experience level. For many workers, the key to success is in maintaining regular clients.


Some salons offer benefits, such as medical and paid vacation. Nail technicians who are part-time or self-employed typically do not have benefits. According to the PayScale website, 19 per cent of nail technicians received medical, 12 per cent received dental and nine per cent had vision benefits in October 2010. About 81 per cent did not have health benefits.

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