The 10 States With The Highest Nail Technician Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 week 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. Idaho
  4. Arkansas
  5. South Carolina
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Indiana
  8. Washington
  9. Utah
  10. Kentucky

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 2018 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 $26260, so our index value would be:

$26,260 * (100 / 135.9) = $19,323

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 $37,373 $34,010 91.0
2 Minnesota $36,875 $37,170 100.8
3 Idaho $35,689 $32,870 92.1
4 Arkansas $34,408 $29,970 87.1
5 South Carolina $32,752 $32,490 99.2
6 Wisconsin $30,650 $29,670 96.8
7 Indiana $30,167 $27,000 89.5
8 Washington $29,904 $31,460 105.2
9 Utah $29,623 $27,550 93.0
10 Kentucky $29,458 $26,660 90.5
11 New Hampshire $29,196 $34,160 117.0
12 Colorado $29,075 $30,180 103.8
13 Mississippi $28,102 $24,140 85.9
14 Ohio $28,027 $26,290 93.8
15 Kansas $28,020 $25,190 89.9
16 Missouri $27,820 $25,150 90.4
17 Florida $27,639 $27,170 98.3
18 Tennessee $27,237 $24,350 89.4
19 Arizona $27,183 $26,640 98.0
20 Alabama $26,864 $24,500 91.2
21 Texas $26,670 $24,190 90.7
22 North Carolina $25,218 $23,680 93.9
23 Illinois $25,095 $23,740 94.6
24 Delaware $24,556 $24,900 101.4
25 Wyoming $24,074 $22,100 91.8
26 Virginia $23,859 $24,050 100.8
27 Oregon $23,737 $27,440 115.6
28 Louisiana $23,248 $22,040 94.8
29 Nevada $22,168 $22,900 103.3
30 Rhode Island $21,060 $25,420 120.7
31 Pennsylvania $20,936 $21,230 101.4
32 Massachusetts $20,667 $27,570 133.4
33 New Jersey $20,114 $24,520 121.9
34 Maryland $19,657 $24,670 125.5
35 Connecticut $19,506 $24,910 127.7
36 California $19,323 $26,260 135.9
37 New York $19,061 $24,970 131.0
38 Alaska $18,817 $24,670 131.1
39 Hawaii $16,891 $28,360 167.9
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