How Much Does A Manicurist Make?

Manicurists focus on cleaning, polishing and trimming nails. They work in nail salons, beauty salons and spas. A career as a manicurist doesn’t provide lucrative pay but with training, experience and the entrepreneurial drive, manicurists have the opportunity to open their own nail salons which greatly increase their incomes and enable them to provide employment to others.

Although many manicurists work full-time and are employed by nail and beauty salons, manicurists may also work part-time to supplement another source of income.

Average Manicurist Annual Salary

$24,330

The average annual salary for manicurists is $24,330 a year. Salaries start at $18,800 a year and go up to $33,590 a year.

Average Manicurist Hourly Wage

$11.70

The average hourly wage for a manicurist is $11.70. Hourly wages were between $9.04 and $16.15 an hour.

Stats were based out of 90,630 employed manicurists in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Manicurist

$33,590/year $16.15/hour

(Top 10% of Manicurists)


Senior Manicurist

$26,440/year $12.71/hour

(Top 25% of Manicurists)


Mid Level Manicurist

$22,150/year $10.65/hour

(Median)


Junior Manicurist

$19,910/year $9.57/hour

(Bottom 25% of Manicurists)


Entry Level Manicurist

$18,800/year $9.04/hour

(Bottom 10% of Manicurists)


Manicurist Average Salary Comparison

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Skincare Specialists
$35k / year
$16 / hour
Barbers
$29k / year
$14 / hour
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
$29k / year
$14 / hour
Manicurists and Pedicurists
$24k / year
$11 / hour
Shampooers
$20k / year
$10 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Manicurists

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Manicurists

Manicurist Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Minnesota $15.72 $32,690
#2 Iowa $14.93 $31,040
#3 Washington $14.74 $30,650
#4 District of Columbia $14.72 $30,620
#5 South Dakota $14.23 $29,590
#6 Wisconsin $14.02 $29,170
#7 Montana $13.91 $28,940
#8 Florida $13.90 $28,900
#9 Wyoming $13.70 $28,490
#10 Alaska $13.41 $27,890
#11 Utah $13.23 $27,530
#12 Hawaii $13.22 $27,500
#13 North Carolina $13.04 $27,110
#14 New Hampshire $12.90 $26,820
#15 Michigan $12.82 $26,660
#16 New Jersey $12.66 $26,320
#17 Colorado $12.63 $26,270
#18 Missouri $12.61 $26,230
#19 Arizona $12.59 $26,180
#20 Kansas $12.43 $25,860
#21 Kentucky $12.29 $25,560
#22 South Carolina $12.28 $25,550
#23 Rhode Island $12.02 $25,010
#24 Maryland $11.99 $24,930
#25 Massachusetts $11.91 $24,770
#26 Ohio $11.83 $24,610
#27 Texas $11.56 $24,040
#28 Oregon $11.54 $23,990
#29 California $11.39 $23,690
#30 Delaware $11.28 $23,450
#31 Nebraska $11.23 $23,350
#32 Virginia $11.05 $22,980
#33 Alabama $11.05 $22,980
#34 Georgia $10.98 $22,830
#35 Arkansas $10.91 $22,700
#36 Oklahoma $10.90 $22,660
#37 Pennsylvania $10.85 $22,560
#38 Connecticut $10.81 $22,490
#39 Illinois $10.67 $22,190
#40 Mississippi $10.62 $22,090
#41 Idaho $10.40 $21,630
#42 Tennessee $10.40 $21,630
#43 Louisiana $10.33 $21,490
#44 New York $10.19 $21,200
#45 West Virginia $10.10 $21,010
#46 Indiana $10.04 $20,880
#47 Maine $9.44 $19,640
#48 Nevada $9.36 $19,470
#49 Puerto Rico $8.84 $18,390
#50 New Mexico $8.60 $17,880

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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