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According to the BLS, nail technicians earned a median salary of $19,220, or approximately $9.24 per hour, in 2012. The best-paid earned about $29,560, while the lowest-paid earned less than $16,650. The top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include Columbia, S.C., Barnstable, Mass., and Nashville, Tenn.

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Average Nail Technician Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

With an average salary below $20,000 per year, nail technicians don’t earn as much money as some other social services jobs. For instance, school psychologists earn $67,650 per year, and interpreters and translators make an average salary of $53,410. However, hairdressers, also in the cosmetology field, earn a comparable salary of $26,790.

Job Name Salary
School Psychologist $67,650.00
Interpreter and Translator $45,430.00
Hairdresser $22,700.00
Nail Technician $19,220.00

Best Paying Cities for Nail Technicians

The highest paid in the nail technician profession work in the metropolitan areas of Columbia, South Carolina, Barnstable Town, Massachusetts, and Nashville, Tennessee. The Naples, Florida area also pays well, as does the city of Anchorage, Alaska.

Columbia, South Carolina

Average Salary: $39,380 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nail technician working in Columbia, South Carolina is $39,380, which is $20,160 more than the average pay in the profession.

Barnstable Town, Massachusetts

Average Salary: $35,890 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nail technician working in Barnstable Town, Massachusetts is $35,890, which is $16,670 more than the average pay in the profession.

Nashville, Tennessee

Average Salary: $34,270 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nail technician working in Nashville, Tennessee is $34,270, which is $15,050 more than the average pay in the profession.

Naples, Florida

Average Salary: $32,150 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nail technician working in Naples, Florida is $32,150, which is $12,930 more than the average pay in the profession.

Anchorage, Alaska

Average Salary: $31,310 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a nail technician working in Anchorage, Alaska is $31,310, which is $12,090 more than the average pay in the profession.

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