These Are The 10 States With The Highest Nail Technician Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do nail technicians get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for nail technicians by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for nail technicians by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for nail technicians after this adjustment? That would be Manicurists And Pedicurists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Iowa
  2. Minnesota
  3. Wyoming
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Michigan
  6. Florida
  7. Washington
  8. Missouri
  9. North Carolina
  10. Kansas

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for nail technicians from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $23690, so our index value would be:

$23,690 * (100 / 135.9) = $17,431

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for nail technicians.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Nail Technician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Iowa $34,109 $31,040 91.0
2 Minnesota $32,430 $32,690 100.8
3 Wyoming $31,034 $28,490 91.8
4 Wisconsin $30,134 $29,170 96.8
5 Michigan $29,955 $26,660 89.0
6 Florida $29,399 $28,900 98.3
7 Washington $29,134 $30,650 105.2
8 Missouri $29,015 $26,230 90.4
9 North Carolina $28,871 $27,110 93.9
10 Kansas $28,765 $25,860 89.9
11 Montana $28,710 $28,940 100.8
12 South Dakota $28,534 $29,590 103.7
13 Kentucky $28,243 $25,560 90.5
14 Arizona $26,714 $26,180 98.0
15 Texas $26,504 $24,040 90.7
16 Ohio $26,236 $24,610 93.8
17 Arkansas $26,061 $22,700 87.1
18 South Carolina $25,756 $25,550 99.2
19 Nebraska $25,491 $23,350 91.6
20 Oklahoma $25,403 $22,660 89.2
21 Alabama $25,197 $22,980 91.2
22 Georgia $24,978 $22,830 91.4
23 Tennessee $24,194 $21,630 89.4
24 Idaho $23,485 $21,630 92.1
25 Illinois $23,456 $22,190 94.6
26 Indiana $23,329 $20,880 89.5
27 Delaware $23,126 $23,450 101.4
28 New Hampshire $22,923 $26,820 117.0
29 Virginia $22,797 $22,980 100.8
30 Louisiana $22,668 $21,490 94.8
31 West Virginia $22,494 $21,010 93.4
32 Pennsylvania $22,248 $22,560 101.4
33 New Jersey $21,591 $26,320 121.9
34 Alaska $21,273 $27,890 131.1
35 Oregon $20,752 $23,990 115.6
36 Rhode Island $20,720 $25,010 120.7
37 Maryland $19,864 $24,930 125.5
38 Nevada $18,848 $19,470 103.3
39 Massachusetts $18,568 $24,770 133.4
40 Maine $17,725 $19,640 110.8
41 Connecticut $17,611 $22,490 127.7
42 California $17,431 $23,690 135.9
43 Hawaii $16,378 $27,500 167.9
44 New York $16,183 $21,200 131.0

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