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Working As A Manicurist

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $21,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manicurist Do

Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape, and beautify fingernails and toenails.

Duties

Manicurists and pedicurists typically do the following:

  • Discuss nail treatments and services available
  • Remove nail polish
  • Clean, trim, and file nails
  • Reduce calluses and rough skin
  • Massage and moisturize hands (for a manicure) and feet (for a pedicure)
  • Polish or buff nails
  • Advise clients about nail and skin care for hands and feet
  • Promote and sell nail and skin care products
  • Clean and disinfect their work area and tools

Manicurists and pedicurists work exclusively on the hands and feet, providing treatments to groom fingernails and toenails. A typical treatment involves soaking the clients’ hands or feet to soften the skin in order to remove dead skin cells. Manicurists and pedicurists apply lotion to the hands and feet to moisturize the skin. They also may shape and apply polish to artificial fingernails.

Manicurists and pedicurists use a variety of tools, including nail clippers, nail files, and specialized cuticle tools. They must be focused while they perform their duties, because most of the tools they use are sharp. Keeping their tools clean and sanitary is important.

Some manicurists and pedicurists operate their own nail salon business. They manage the daily decision making tasks, such as keeping inventory records and ordering supplies. They also hire and supervise workers and sell nail care products, such as nail polish and hand or foot cream, to clients. A small, but growing, number of workers make house calls. Their mobile manicure and pedicure services are popular because clients consider them convenient.

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How To Become A Manicurist

Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require.

Education

Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program. Currently, there are hundreds of programs nationwide.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

State licensing requirements vary. However, applicants need to be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. After completing a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program, manicurists and pedicurists must take a written exam and a practical exam to get a license through their state board. Mobile manicure and pedicure services require a separate license.

The National–Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology provides information on state examinations for licensing, with sample questions. The Professional Beauty Association and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools also provide information on state examinations, as well as offering other professional links.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Manicurists and pedicurist who run their own nail salon must understand general business principles. For example, they should be skilled at administrative tasks, such as accounting and personnel management, and be able to manage a salon efficiently and profitably.

Creativity. The ability to neatly finish small, intricate designs is important, as is the ability to suggest nail designs and match them to individual tastes. 

Customer-service skills. Good listening and interpersonal skills are important in working with clients. Also, meeting the needs of clients, including interacting with them while doing a manicure or pedicure, encourages repeat business.

Dexterity. A steady hand is essential in achieving a creative and precise nail design. In addition, because manicurists and pedicurists often use sharp tools, they must have good finger dexterity.

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Average Yearly Salary
$21,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$18,000
Min 10%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Ascension Health Inc.
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
South Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Manicurist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manicurist in the United States is $21,872 per year or $11 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $26,000.

Real Manicurist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manicurist April Nails Old Bridge, NJ Mar 09, 2010 $29,000
Manicurists and Pedicurists Susan's Nails Plus Shrewsbury, NJ Jan 20, 2010 $28,947
Manicurists and Pedicurists Nails Plus at Little Silver, Inc. Little Silver, NJ Jan 15, 2010 $28,947
Manicurist/Pedicurist Nail City, Inc. Winnetka, IL Sep 14, 2015 $28,392
Manicurists and Pedicurists HBL, Inc. DBA Spa O Chicago, IL Dec 09, 2013 $28,392
Manicurist Dominican Hair and Nails TN Aug 01, 2013 $26,275
Manicurists and Pedicurists Friends Beauty LLC Newark, NJ Dec 23, 2010 $26,129
Senior Manicurist Hana Shin Inc. Denver, CO Oct 19, 2011 $25,293
Manicurist Tresses Corporation DBA Tresses & The Day Spa MA May 15, 2012 $24,627
Manicurists & Pedicurists Cs Nails Inc. Syosset, NY Dec 12, 2011 $24,107
Manicurists and Pedicurists Nail Fairy, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 27, 2014 $24,107
Manicurist & Pedicurist Lucky25, Inc. Hopatcong, NJ Feb 22, 2010 $23,660
Lead Manicurist RKIM Group Corp Wellesley, MA Jul 12, 2016 $23,317
Manicurist Tresses Corporation DBA Tresses & The Day Spa MA May 15, 2011 $21,517
Manicurists and Pedicurists Nails By Olivia, Inc. Marina del Rey, CA Apr 14, 2014 $21,382
Manicurists and Pedicurists Nails New York & Day Spa, Ltd. New York, NY May 21, 2010 $21,267
Manicurists and Pedicurists Elegance Nails Corp Old Saybrook, CT Jan 24, 2008 $21,100
Manicurists and Pedicurists Elegance Nails Corp Old Saybrook, CT Apr 04, 2008 $21,100
Manicurists and Pedicurists Oasis Nail & Spa, Inc. Newington, CT Dec 05, 2012 $21,029
Manicurists and Pedicurists Viva Enterprise Corp. Hicksville, NY Dec 03, 2012 $21,029
Manicurists and Pedicurists KIMS Rejoicing Nails & Cosmetics, Inc. Clifton, NJ Sep 16, 2013 $20,946
Manicurist Greenwich Coco, Inc. Riverside, CT Aug 18, 2015 $19,136
Manicurist Greenwich Coco, Inc. Riverside, CT Oct 30, 2015 $19,136
Manicurist Sumusal, Inc. Palisades Park, NJ Jun 10, 2015 $18,949
Manicurist Junghan, LLC D/B/A Orchard Nail & Spa Westminster, CO Jan 15, 2010 $18,929
Manicurist Sc Angel Tips, Inc. Thornwood, NY Jul 07, 2010 $18,804
Manicurist and Pedicurists Ny Bay Ridge Nail, Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2010 $18,804
Manicurists and Pedicurists Sun Lee Nail Boutique, Inc. Kings Park, NY Apr 01, 2010 $18,783
Manicurist Charming Nails & Hair, Inc. Blue Bell, PA Nov 13, 2015 $18,346

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Top Skills for A Manicurist

  1. Customer Service
  2. Client Appointments
  3. Nail Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided customer service as a skilled manicurist Developed and maintained new clientele Assisted in answering phones and setting up appointments
  • Performed nail services on clients, schedule client appointments, maintain service records.
  • Preform spa nail services from basic nail care to enhancements, and detail oriented pedicure care.
  • Set Appointments for fast paced full service salon.
  • Performed manicures, pedicures, and acrylic nails while providing excellent customer service

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Top 10 Best States for Manicurists

  1. Wisconsin
  2. South Dakota
  3. Montana
  4. New Mexico
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Iowa
  7. Georgia
  8. Minnesota
  9. South Carolina
  10. Ohio
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Manicurist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 2,675 Manicurist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Manicurist Demographics

Gender

Female

75.9%

Unknown

12.8%

Male

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

53.2%

Asian

18.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

8.8%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Vietnamese

42.2%

Spanish

24.2%

Polish

9.4%

Chinese

4.7%

Japanese

2.3%

French

2.3%

Swedish

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hmong

1.6%

Armenian

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Portuguese

0.8%

Khmer

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Latvian

0.8%

Albanian

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%
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Manicurist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.6%

The Beauty School

11.3%

All Beauty College

5.4%

Oakland Community College

5.4%

College of Southern Nevada

5.4%

Fresno City College

4.8%

Beauty Academy

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

The Academy

4.3%

Bunker Hill Community College

4.3%

Empire Beauty School

4.3%

Bakersfield College

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

University of South Alabama

3.2%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.2%

Edmonds Community College

3.2%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.2%

Brookdale Community College

3.2%
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Majors

Cosmetology

21.2%

Business

18.2%

Nursing

9.3%

Accounting

6.6%

Health Care Administration

5.8%

Medical Assisting Services

4.9%

Psychology

3.7%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

General Studies

3.4%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Nursing Assistants

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Dental Assisting

2.0%

English

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%

Management

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

39.1%

Bachelors

23.7%

Associate

17.0%

Certificate

8.7%

License

5.3%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

2.2%

Doctorate

0.4%
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