The 10 States With The Highest Nail Technician Salaries For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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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.

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 nail technician salaries:

  1. Michigan
  2. Montana
  3. Idaho
  4. Kansas
  5. Mississippi
  6. Washington
  7. Arizona
  8. Illinois
  9. Kentucky
  10. Colorado

To better understand how nail technician 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.

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

How we determined nail technician pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for nail technicians from the 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 $32420, so our index value would be:

$32,420 * (100 / 135.9) = $23,855

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 Michigan $49,786 $44,310 89.0
2 Montana $40,813 $41,140 100.8
3 Idaho $39,424 $36,310 92.1
4 Kansas $38,464 $34,580 89.9
5 Mississippi $37,718 $32,400 85.9
6 Washington $36,825 $38,740 105.2
7 Arizona $36,061 $35,340 98.0
8 Illinois $34,862 $32,980 94.6
9 Kentucky $34,320 $31,060 90.5
10 Colorado $34,267 $35,570 103.8
11 Delaware $33,915 $34,390 101.4
12 Nebraska $33,831 $30,990 91.6
13 Missouri $33,639 $30,410 90.4
14 North Carolina $32,907 $30,900 93.9
15 South Dakota $32,748 $33,960 103.7
16 Arkansas $32,112 $27,970 87.1
17 Wyoming $32,080 $29,450 91.8
18 Vermont $31,998 $38,750 121.1
19 Florida $31,993 $31,450 98.3
20 Indiana $31,754 $28,420 89.5
21 West Virginia $31,616 $29,530 93.4
22 Virginia $31,359 $31,610 100.8
23 Tennessee $29,888 $26,720 89.4
24 Minnesota $29,573 $29,810 100.8
25 Wisconsin $29,535 $28,590 96.8
26 Ohio $29,434 $27,610 93.8
27 New Hampshire $29,418 $34,420 117.0
28 Oklahoma $28,991 $25,860 89.2
29 Maine $28,745 $31,850 110.8
30 Oregon $28,503 $32,950 115.6
31 Texas $27,783 $25,200 90.7
32 Georgia $27,461 $25,100 91.4
33 Pennsylvania $24,714 $25,060 101.4
34 New Jersey $24,610 $30,000 121.9
35 Maryland $24,254 $30,440 125.5
36 Massachusetts $24,145 $32,210 133.4
37 California $23,855 $32,420 135.9
38 Nevada $23,785 $24,570 103.3
39 Louisiana $23,755 $22,520 94.8
40 Rhode Island $22,966 $27,720 120.7
41 South Carolina $22,631 $22,450 99.2
42 Connecticut $22,545 $28,790 127.7
43 Alaska $22,219 $29,130 131.1
44 New York $22,183 $29,060 131.0
45 Hawaii $18,469 $31,010 167.9

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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