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Working As A Nail Technician

  • 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

  • $21,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Nail Technician 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 Nail Technician

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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Nail Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

89.7%

Male

7.9%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

72.4%

Asian

14.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.4%

Vietnamese

31.3%

Polish

5.7%

Chinese

3.3%

Swedish

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

French

1.9%

Mandarin

1.4%

Hmong

1.4%

Hindi

0.9%

German

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Turkish

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%

Lithuanian

0.5%
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Nail Technician Education

Schools

Empire Beauty School

15.7%

University of Phoenix

11.1%

Regency Beauty Institute

6.0%

Liberty University

4.7%

Greenville Technical College

4.7%

The Beauty School

4.3%

Midlands Technical College

4.3%

Palm Beach State College

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Idaho State University

4.3%

Aveda Institute

3.8%

Georgia State University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

Wichita State University

3.8%

Community College of Rhode Island

3.8%

Ocean County College

3.8%

Lansing Community College

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Pima Community College

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%
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Majors

Cosmetology

29.9%

Business

17.0%

Nursing

6.4%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

General Studies

4.3%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Accounting

4.2%

Psychology

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Nursing Assistants

2.5%

Medical Technician

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.1%

Communication

1.8%

Biology

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.6%

Dental Assisting

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

43.4%

Bachelors

19.4%

Associate

16.0%

Certificate

7.9%

License

6.7%

Masters

3.6%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Nail Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nail Technician Nail & Spa-O Logan Square, Inc. Chicago, IL Jun 10, 2015 $31,595
Nail Technician HBL, Inc. DBA Spa O Chicago, IL Jun 04, 2015 $28,392
Nail Technician Pink Nail & Spa Chicago Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 15, 2014 $28,392
Nail Technician HBL, Inc. DBA Spa O Chicago, IL Jun 24, 2016 $27,643
Nail Technician Nail Fairy, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 19, 2015 $27,414
Nail Technician BRC USA, Inc. Wheeling, IL Nov 01, 2010 $26,915
Nail Technician Susan's Nails Plus Shrewsbury, NJ Oct 22, 2015 $25,189
Nail Technician; Manicurists; Pedicurists Beauty Nails 2 Detroit, MI Aug 31, 2010 $24,522
Nail Technician Dream Sky LLC Arlington, VA Nov 17, 2015 $24,253
Nail Technician VIP Nails & Spa Inc. Lake Zurich, IL Apr 26, 2016 $23,878
Nail Technician Spa Sunny Days, Inc. Mundelein, IL May 13, 2016 $23,878
Nail Technician HBL, Inc. DBA Spa O Chicago, IL Jan 12, 2016 $23,504
Nail Technician Nail Fairy, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 22, 2016 $23,504
Nail Technician Biotonic Miami Beach, FL Jan 09, 2008 $23,479
Nail Technician H2O Nail and Spa, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 21, 2016 $21,819
Nail Technician J Nails & Beauty Spa, Inc. Arlington Heights, IL Sep 28, 2016 $21,819
Nail Technician A Place for You Brookfield, CT Apr 09, 2010 $21,726
Nail Technician Nails By Olivia, Inc. Marina del Rey, CA Aug 04, 2015 $21,382
Nail Technician Twinkle Toe Chicago Corporation Chicago, IL Feb 28, 2008 $21,300
Nail Technician Elegant Nail Salon, Inc. New York, NY May 26, 2010 $21,267
Nail Technician Rachel's Tlc Nails Sparta, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $21,237
Nail Technician Pinky Nail, Incorporated Chicago, IL May 13, 2010 $20,000 -
$20,500
Nail Technician New 4U Nail Inc. Oyster Bay, NY Jul 27, 2016 $19,989
Nail Technician Blooming Nail IV Inc. North Wales, PA Jun 09, 2016 $19,594
Nail Technician Bedford Nails & Spa Inc. Bedford, MA Nov 15, 2016 $19,365
Nail Technician Blooming Nail & Foot Spa Inc. White Plains, NY Jul 29, 2016 $19,115
Nail Technician Atlas Studio Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Oct 14, 2015 $18,970
Nail Technician Polaris Nail & Spa Inc. New York, NY Jan 23, 2015 $18,949
Nail Technician Moonlight Nails & Spa Lemont, IL Oct 22, 2015 $18,783
Nail Technician Creative Nail Inc. East Hampton, CT May 02, 2016 $18,595

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Top Skills for A Nail Technician

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Top Nail Technician Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Nail Salon
  3. Spa Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided outstanding customer service as a nail technician to clients.
  • Sanitized workstation/ nail salon daily.
  • Informed guests of spa services, programs and activities over the phone and in person.
  • Perform nail care services offered by salon: manicures, pedicures, hand and foot treatments.
  • Analyze patrons' hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles.

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