If you are about to graduate from nail technician school or cosmetology school, you are probably thinking about next steps so you can get a job with your newly earned nail tech license. You may have thought about posting your resume on CareerBuilder.com or other job-finding websites. Well we've gotten some information that we think could help you focus your manicurist job search! One quick note on this data: The following information compares the supply of resumes posted on CareerBuilder.com ("active work force") against job postings 90% of the online job market.

Submitted by Elizabeth on 11/30/2012 - 14:10

Some of the industries hiring the most nail technicians are:

  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Department Stores
  • Nail Salons
  • Beauty Salons
  • Fitness & Recreational Sports Centers
  • Radio & Television Broadcasting
  • Women's Clothing Stores


The pay for nail technicians is typically hourly rather than salary. The average wages for all nail techs (including manicurists, pedicurists, cosmetologists who do nail technology primarily) as self-reported by job-seekers posting resumes on CareerBuilder and their affiliated sites is $15.71, but those in the 90th percentile and higher may make  $22.17 hourly or more. This may or may not account for tips. Compensation appears to increase as you gain more years of experience in the field.

Not sure where to take your manicurist skills and your dreams of being a successful nail technician? These are the top 10 states with the highest number of nail technician job listings in the last two years:

  1. Florida
  2. California
  3. Michigan
  4. North Carolina
  5. Ohio
  6. Georgia
  7. New York
  8. Arizona
  9. Illinois
  10. Texas

The top 10 U.S. cities with the highest number of nail technician job listings in the last two years:

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Chicago, IL
  3. Louisville, KY
  4. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  5. Las Vegas, NV
  6. Miami, FL
  7. Orlando, FL
  8. Charlotte, NC
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Cincinnati, OH

Not sure where to begin looking for jobs as a nail technician? While "Self-Employed" is very common for this profession, the companies listing the most manicurist job openings nationwide for nail techs in the last 2 years are:

  • Life Time Fitness, Inc.
  • Hilton Hotels Corporation
  • Global Hyatt Corporation
  • Hershey Enertainment & Resorts Company
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • J.C. Penney Corporation, Inc.
  • Nrodstrom, Inc.
  • The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
  • Destination Hotels & Resorts, LLC
  • Omni Hotels Corporation
  • Beauty Secrets Day Spa
  • California Nails
  • Affinity Day Spa
  • Anna Nails
  • Biundo's SalonElegance Nail & Salon

So what are you waiting for? If you were waiting to sign up for nail technician training or cosmetology school, now is the time! If you're about to graduate or looking for work in the beauty industry, there is clearly some un-filled demand for manicurists and pedicurists calling your name. Get out there and make it happen!