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Become A Nail Technician

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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

A Nail Technician shapes and styles people’s nails through providing manicures, pedicures, and other nail treatments. They are responsible for beautifying, shaping, and treating damaged nails.

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.


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


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Vietnamese

  • Polish

  • Chinese

  • Swedish

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Italian

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Hmong

  • Hindi

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Turkish

  • Romanian

  • Dutch

  • Lithuanian

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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 -
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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