Nail Technician Career Information

by Empire Beauty School
Nail Tech Information

Cosmetology Career Paths Nail Technician Career Information

Nail Technicians are licensed professionals who specialize in the care and beautification of the hands and feet. Healthy nails are always a priority. Nail technicians are very precise and meticulous. They are artists who work magic on small canvases.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Customer service
  • Communication
  • Sanitation
  • Able to recognize a healthy nail vs. a diseased nail

*Salary & Pay scale information

Nail Technicians may work for salary, commission, hourly or salary vs. commission. They may also be independent contractors. Booth or suite rental in certain states.

Key skills

  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Acrylic nails, both sculpted and overlay.
  • Fabric wrap overlay
  • Gel polish application
  • Powder dip manicures
  • Various types of nail art
  • Massage techniques


Average salary in the US is $39,400 with 1-2 years of experience. More experience = higher salary.  The nail care market is expected to grow by $2.40 billion by 2025 and reach $11.6 billion by 2027

Glassdoor reports an average total pay as of Dec 2021 at $66,325 when base pay and additional pay are included in the annual rate.


  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Booth/suite
  • Trade shows
  • Resorts/cruises
  • Nursing Homes
  • Product rep
  • Nail influencer


Part time, full time, nights and weekends. Flexibility is a must.

How To Get Started as A Nail Technician

Most nail technicians start by attending and graduating from cosmetology school. Empire Beauty School offers cosmetology education to 21 states in the USA. Get more information on our Nail Technology program page. Get started by requesting information on our application page.

June 8, 2022

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