|Quick Facts: Manicurists and Pedicurists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$19,220 per year
$9.24 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||86,900|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||16% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||13,500|
Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape, and beautify fingernails and toenails.
Manicurists and pedicurists usually work in a nail salon, spa, or hair salon. The job involves a lot of sitting. Those who own a mobile grooming company must travel to their clients’ homes. About 27 percent of manicurists and pedicurists were self-employed, many running their own nail salon business.
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.
The median hourly wage for manicurists and pedicurists was $9.24 in May 2012.
Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. New nail services being offered, such as minisessions and mobile manicures and pedicures, will drive employment growth. High turnover and a growing number of nail salons will result in very good job opportunities.
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