Nail technician salary

Nail technician’s salary (shortly known as nail tech salary ) in the United States according to the BLS salary reports is around $19,000 per annum. The annual salary for the top 10% of nail technicians or self-employed nail technicians ranges from between $12,164 – $77,651 per year. In addition, those employed in a Company earn salary ranging from between $10,174 – $47,166; those employed in private practice or firm earn from $16,200 – $30,000; and those employed in Organizations earn from $12,208 – $31,444 per annum. BLS reports based on the type of work setting include: $29,330 per annum as paid by the physician’s offices; $20,380 per year as paid by the health and personal care stores; traveler accommodations offered $27,860; department stores offered $25,070; and amusement and recreation industries offered $26,660 per annum. Keep reading for more information about nail technician salary and education.

What does a nail technician do ?

Nail technicians, also referred to as manicurists or pedicurists based on their care of specialization in the nails of the hands or the feet, are the occupational workers who care for one’s personal appearance. The job of a nail technician is to shape and polish the fingernails, including toenails, apply artificial nails to enhance the looks of hands (for manicure) and feet (for pedicure), apply acrylic, and provide nail extension services to clients those who seek either manicures or pedicures. Nail technicians also perform the following tasks like advising nail care to the clients; removing rough skin along with the nail polish; Cleaning, trimming, shaping and filing the fingernails or toe nails; buffing or polishing the nails; massaging and moisturizing the hands and feet; marketing and selling nail enamel or nail care products; and cleaning and disinfecting the tools that are used for nail care.

How much does Nail technician make ?

Average nail technician  salary

An average annual salary for a nail technician is around $19,650 per year and the hourly wages is around $9.45 an hour.

Nail technician salary in USA

An average starting hourly wage for a nail technician in the United States ranges from between $7.25 – $15.43 per hour which gradually increases by $0.90 – $7.55 overtime. An average annual salary bonus of around $986 will be included and the total annual salary ranges from between $14,445 – $47,917.

Based on BLS percentiles, the median yearly salary for 90th percentile of nail technicians has been around $29,990. Similarly, about 75th percentile of them received $23,920, 50th percentile of them earned $19,440, 25th percentile of them received $17,810 while 10th percentile received $16,670 per year.

Based on years of work experience according to BLS reports, an average yearly salary for a nail technician is as follows: One with less than 1 to 4 years of work experience earns from $9,800 – $47,678 per annum; one with 5 to 9 years earns from $11,548 – $88,188 per annum; and one with 10-19 years of experience receives between $12,000 – $48,980 per annum; and the one with more than 20 years of work experience earns from $9,731 – $49,585 per annum.

According to the BLS, some of the best paying states for the nail technicians in the United States include: Columbia $40,050, Florida $34,820, Arkansas $33,130, Iowa $32,790, Texas $30,720, Massachusetts $32,230 and Utah $30,320 per annum.

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Nail technician salary in UK

The average and median expected salaries for a nail technician based in UK is around £15,550 and £15,000 per annum respectively. A nail technician’s salary varies based on the age such as the one in 20s earns up to £11,663, in 30s earns about £15,239, in 40s and in 50s earns about £18,038 per year. The average hourly wage for a nail technician in UK is £7.78 per hour.

Nail technician salary in Canada

A nail technician based in Canada receives an annual salary ranging from between C$19,200 – C$40,000. An average hourly wage typically ranges from between C$8.88 – C$15.89 per hour. In addition, a bonus ranging from between C$5.00 – C$1,000 will be credited to his or her account. In fact, a nail technician in Canada receives his or her total earnings ranging from between C$18,242 – C$37,276 per annum.

Nail technician salary in Australia

On an average, the nail technician based in Australia receives an average hourly wage ranging from between AU$9.94 – AU$22.47 per hour. In addition, a bonus of about AU$6,500 will be credited to his or her account. In fact, a nail technician in Australia receives his or her total earnings ranging between AU$20,590 – AU$50,465 per annum.

Nail technician education, training and certification

To become a nail technician, the candidate should first complete an entry level education (high school degree or GED equivalent) before enrolling in a state approved cosmetology program from an accredited school of cosmetology.  During the course study, the candidate gains training experience in identifying the skin conditions, recommending an appropriate nail color to clients, massaging hands and feet, sanitizing the utensils, infection control and care for the nail health based on the client needs. On successful completion of a training program, the candidate should apply for the examination offered by the state board of cosmetology. One can become a certified nail technician on completing the state requirements.

Conclusion about nail technician salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage and annual mean salary earned by the nail technicians is around $10.46      per hour and $21,760 per annum respectively. In addition, the median hourly wage and median annual salary is around $9.35 per hour and $19,440 per annum respectively. The lowest paid 10 percent of nail technicians earned an hourly wage of less than $7.85 per hour, whereas the top 10 percent of them received more than $14.71 per hour.

9 Responses to Nail technician salary

  1. Lily says:

    I’m 12 and i love nails and stuff and I’m pretty good except I’m not that good at the nail art should I just practist I really wanna be a nail tech. When I’m older

  2. heather danae wilson says:

    i rally love doin nails and this is an assignment and i just looked in to learn a little more information about this tech and i really love this career and i hope to look forward in this job and if you can help meh any way just let meh know a lil sum sum and i love haior two that is my passion and i really hope that u can let me show u some lessons on how i learned to do hair and nails like i did i wasent that easy but i praticed and praticed and eventually achieved my dream and i am 16 and i am pushing my self to achieve my dream

  3. Jo Rene burdgick says:

    I am 45 years ok and went to school for cosmetology when I was 18 but never finished because I didn’t like the hair cutting part. I did love the nails but never completed it. I would love to go back for that but I like I said I am 45 yrs old and work in a hospital. I am wondering if I should go back for that. I don’t want to regret that I didn’t do what I really wanted to do even if it pays less. Any thoughts?

    • Jenny says:

      I think if you are passionate about the Nail Industry and enjoy doing nails then you should by all means pursue it. You age should have no relevance on it and you should select a school that’s diverse and has a wealth of knowledge with what’s trending in the industry so that you are exposed to everything. I say go for it!! Find your true happiness and start living it!!! :)

  4. mandy says:

    You absolutely should! Its never too late. I am 28 and a mother of 3. Thinking this may be the right career move for me.

  5. Melissa says:

    I agree with Mandy, you should do it! I’m 43 and I have a Paralegal degree, but the beauty industry is something I’ve always loved, so I’m signed up to start a Nail Tech class on March 31st!

  6. Natalie Campbell says:

    This website has really helped me!
    I’m a senior in high school & with college approaching soon, I feel like time & options are running out (especially without a “set in stone” career choice.)
    I’m not a big fan of the thoughts of a four year – university college. In my opinion, college is a waste of time & money if you truly don’t want to attend!
    I really enjoy doing nails, feeling & looking pretty, & making others feel confident as well as myself. Although I feel certain that beauty school is more than just “playing dress up all day.” Its more about learning how to “get that look”, whatever that look maybe.
    I will definatly be concidering looking more into beauty school/ becoming a nail tech.!

  7. Anais says:

    I’m 19, and I LOVE doing nails. it has always been my passion since i could remember. I started at about 10 years old with just polishing white tips on my sisters feet, and til this day she always comes to me saying I am the best with smile lines. I am soon to enroll into Cosmetology School to become a Official Nail Tech , that my Beautiful Grandmother once was , and never got to meet. But I was Proudly Blessed with her skills. I love this Career.

  8. Alicea says:

    I thank you for all the positive info. I am 59 years old and am thinking about signing up for classes. I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life. As they say, it’s never too late. I’ve been working in a family business for 30 years and ready for something different. Thanks again. Good luck to everyone out there.

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