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Manicurists primarily clean and shape fingernails, apply polish, provide decorative services and add nail extensions. They also evaluate the condition of their client's fingernails. They should also be knowledgeable regarding the therapeutic aspects of manicuring. A well trained manicurist has the knowledge and skills to meet industry quality standards. Most manicurists also provide pedicure treatments.

Effective manicurists make quick repeated movements of fingers, hands and wrists. The ability to keep the arms and hands steady while working on nails is another important factor. Manicurists also need good near vision in order to see the details of the fingernails. Manicurists should also be able to detect subtle differences between colors, brightness and shades.

Customer satisfaction is a major part of the job. A manicurist also needs to effectively communicate with clients regarding their assessment of the client's fingernails and also with their recommendations. In addition, they also need to be good listeners in order to meet the needs of their clients. Being able to establish a rapport with clients is essential for being successful in this business.

An effective manicurist is able to make good judgements regarding the cost and benefits of particular treatments. In addition, in most situations they must have the knowledge to determine the best treatments without receiving advice from a supervisor.

Successful manicurists typically are good at managing their time. The sales and marketing aspects of the job are also very important for success in the industry. Manicurists that have their own salon should have training in operating a small business.

Responsibilities

Manicurists typically are responsible for a variety of procedures and duties including:

  • Clean and sanitize the client's hands
  • Remove old polish
  • Apply an undercoating and polish onto the customer's nails
  • Shape artificial nails
  • Shape and smooth edges with a rotary wheel
  • Utilize files, scissors and emery boards to shape and smooth the end portions of customer's nails
  • Soften and trim fingernail cuticles
  • Decorate fingernails with designs or by attaching ornaments
  • Provide advice to customers regarding proper nail care and the correct use of products
  • Evaluate the condition of a customer's hands and remove dead skin and massage the hands
  • Provide treatments to nails to increase their strength
  • Take precautions to prevent viruses from forming underneath the fingernails during treatments with tools
  • Make sure the work setting and tools are sanitized
  • Maintain inventory supplies
  • Keep records of services provided to clients
  • Schedule appointments
  • Sell nail care products

Job Characteristics

Social contact is a major part of the job. Manicurists are also in constant physical contact with clients. Occasionally they're exposed to customers' diseases and infections. In addition, they continually work with contaminants, including nail polish remover and cleansers.

Manicurists jobs are suited for people who enjoy working with the public and have the ability to establish positive relationships with clients. Making independent decisions is an important aspect of the job. Also, manicurists must be comfortable with continually performing the same tasks during a given day and sitting for long periods of time.

Manicurists have the opportunity to work part-time or full-time. They may be required to work during the evenings and on the weekends. Often they are provided with flexible schedules.

Employment Outlook

Growth in the population and with the population's income will increase the demand for manicuring services. In addition, the percentage of men getting manicures is increasing. By 2016 the number of jobs for manicurists is projected to be about 100,000.

For manicurists seeking higher paying positions at upscale salons, the competition for employment is high. Also, those looking for career advancement sometimes go back to school and become cosmetologists while some seek employment as sales representatives with cosmetic companies.

Manicurist Training, Certification, and Licensing

Typically, manicurists are required to have a high school diploma or a GED certificate and complete the manicure classes provided in a cosmetology program. Manicurists must also pass a licensing exam. The vast majority of manicurists have completed a training program.

Many technical and career-focused schools offer cosmetology programs. These programs typically blend classroom learning with hands-on training. A typical manicuring program is completed in three months. Sometimes additional training is provided at the employment setting.

High school students seeking employment as a manicurist after graduation will benefit from taking health education courses. A large number in the profession are self-employed and will benefit from taking courses in accounting, introduction to business and entrepreneurship.

Along with the necessary skills, employers typically hire manicurists that can easily follow the client's instructions, communicate well with clients and enjoy working with the public. Image and a positive attitude are also important to employers.

The median hourly wage for manicurists was $10.59 in 2007 and the median annual wage was $22,020. Some manicurists work for commissions while others earn a salary. Manicurists receive tips and some earn a commission on products they sell. Some salon owners offer bonuses to manicurists that bring in new clients.

A manicurist's ability to bring in and keep clients are major factors for determining earnings. The location of the salon and the size of the tips are also significant factors. Also, some salons offer their full-time manicurists health insurance and paid vacations.

Major Employers

Nail salons, beauty shops and full-service spa salons are the major employers for manicurists. Some manicurists are self-employed.

Schools for Manicurists And Pedicurists are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Manicurists and Pedicurists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Manicurists and Pedicurists jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mobile 140 $18,500
Hoover N/A $19,450
Birmingham N/A $19,450
Huntsville N/A $27,040
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage N/A $27,730
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 1360 $22,730
Scottsdale 1360 $22,730
Mesa 1360 $22,730
Tucson 350 $21,160
Lake Havasu City 70 $18,380
Kingman 70 $18,380
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 4570 $19,540
Long Beach 4570 $19,540
Los Angeles 4570 $19,540
Oakland 3290 $23,610
San Francisco 3290 $23,610
Hayward 3290 $23,610
San Diego 2660 $19,340
Carlsbad 2660 $19,340
Arden 1640 $22,050
Arcade 1640 $22,050
Roseville 1640 $22,050
Sacramento 1640 $22,050
Riverside 1390 $19,330
San Bernardino 1390 $19,330
Ontario 1390 $19,330
San Jose 1260 $24,050
Sunnyvale 1260 $24,050
Santa Clara 1260 $24,050
Stockton 440 $19,500
Lodi 440 $19,500
Modesto 410 $21,540
Thousand Oaks 370 $19,760
Oxnard 370 $19,760
Ventura 370 $19,760
Fresno 340 $19,930
Santa Rosa 200 $20,390
Salinas 110 $28,700
Bakersfield N/A $19,320
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs N/A $18,900
Fort Collins N/A $19,770
Lakewood N/A $19,950
Aurora N/A $19,950
Denver N/A $19,950
Boulder N/A $36,150
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 860 $19,740
Stamford 860 $19,740
Bridgeport 860 $19,740
New Haven 270 $19,560
Danbury N/A $19,580
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 750 $19,930
Miami 750 $19,930
West Palm Beach 750 $19,930
North Port 260 $20,940
Bradenton 260 $20,940
Sarasota 260 $20,940
Tampa 240 $27,090
Clearwater 240 $27,090
St. Petersburg 240 $27,090
Orlando 140 $25,940
Kissimmee 140 $25,940
Sanford 140 $25,940
Deltona 30 $33,680
Daytona Beach 30 $33,680
Ormond Beach 30 $33,680
Jacksonville N/A $28,870
Naples N/A $44,840
Immokalee N/A $44,840
Marco Island N/A $44,840
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell N/A $22,570
Sandy Springs N/A $22,570
Atlanta N/A $22,570
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 410 $19,810
Lahaina N/A $33,730
Wailuku N/A $33,730
Kahului N/A $33,730
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bloomington 30 $31,610
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 160 $18,970
Carmel 160 $18,970
Indianapolis 160 $18,970
Fort Wayne N/A $17,910
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines N/A $40,300
Des Moines N/A $40,300
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 60 $22,790
Topeka N/A $34,720
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 320 $21,820
New Orleans 320 $21,820
Baton Rouge N/A $18,420
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland N/A $18,220
Portland N/A $18,220
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 970 $20,740
Columbia 970 $20,740
Baltimore 970 $20,740
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 140 $19,590
Pittsfield N/A $21,990
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Ann Arbor 100 $26,820
Wyoming 70 $29,780
Grand Rapids 70 $29,780
Dearborn N/A $29,160
Detroit N/A $29,160
Warren N/A $29,160
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 130 $19,350
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson N/A $20,750
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 200 $18,240
Henderson 200 $18,240
Las Vegas 200 $18,240
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester N/A $18,280
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City N/A $25,020
Hammonton N/A $25,020
Trenton N/A $30,970
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 280 $20,940
Troy 280 $20,940
Schenectady 280 $20,940
Binghamton 90 $21,070
Elmira N/A $19,120
Rochester N/A $19,420
Niagara Falls N/A $20,980
Cheektowaga N/A $20,980
Buffalo N/A $20,980
Kingston N/A $21,660
Syracuse N/A $22,080
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 180 $33,550
High Point 30 $21,500
Greensboro 30 $21,500
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 800 $18,820
Cleveland 800 $18,820
Dayton 130 $18,970
Columbus 110 $21,720
Canton 110 $21,980
Massillon 110 $21,980
Akron 40 $19,670
Toledo N/A $19,810
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 90 $18,650
Oklahoma City 30 $22,110
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 560 $19,840
York 110 $21,310
Hanover 110 $21,310
Wilkes 90 $24,190
Barre 90 $24,190
Hazleton 90 $24,190
Scranton 90 $24,190
Lancaster N/A $18,380
East Stroudsburg N/A $18,900
Erie N/A $19,860
Reading N/A $24,670
Williamsport N/A $25,590
Carlisle N/A $32,950
Harrisburg N/A $32,950
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 110 $17,900
Carolina 110 $17,900
San Juan 110 $17,900
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greenville 50 $23,850
Mauldin 50 $23,850
Anderson 50 $23,850
Columbia 50 $33,540
Charleston N/A $18,550
North Charleston N/A $18,550
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City N/A $30,180
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 50 $22,590
Franklin 40 $27,460
Murfreesboro 40 $27,460
Davidson 40 $27,460
Nashville 40 $27,460
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Antonio 600 $21,260
New Braunfels 600 $21,260
The Woodlands 460 $19,200
Sugar Land 460 $19,200
Houston 460 $19,200
Dallas 180 $26,550
Arlington 180 $26,550
Fort Worth 180 $26,550
Austin N/A $18,270
Round Rock N/A $18,270
Temple N/A $18,290
Killeen N/A $18,290
Bryan N/A $29,540
College Station N/A $29,540
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Clearfield 40 $28,800
Ogden 40 $28,800
Orem N/A $21,190
Provo N/A $21,190
Salt Lake City N/A $24,320
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 100 $37,940
Burlington 100 $37,940
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 300 $18,870
Lynchburg N/A $18,660
Harrisonburg N/A $21,770
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 3260 $26,970
Tacoma 3260 $26,970
Seattle 3260 $26,970
Wenatchee 70 $26,700
Richland N/A $22,460
Kennewick N/A $22,460
Spokane Valley N/A $31,940
Spokane N/A $31,940
Tumwater N/A $39,800
Olympia N/A $39,800
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 120 $25,300
Waukesha 120 $25,300
Milwaukee 120 $25,300
Madison 30 $19,580
Green Bay N/A $27,790

Most Popular Industries for :
Manicurists and Pedicurists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Personal Services 48,830 96% $19,650
Hotel And Accomodation 780 1% $20,790
Department And General Stores 610 1% $16,260
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