Manicurists and Pedicurists
SOC: 39-5092.00


Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
113,600 employed

Projected (2024):
125,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Fingernail Former
  • Fingernail Sculptor
  • Fingernail Sculpturer
  • Fingernail Technician
  • Manicurist
  • Nail Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Pedicurist
  • Salon Manager

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Clean and sanitize tools and work environment.
  • Schedule client appointments and accept payments.
  • Remove previously applied nail polish, using liquid remover and swabs.
  • Shape and smooth ends of nails, using scissors, files, or emery boards.
  • Apply undercoat and clear or colored polish onto nails with brush.
  • Advise clients on nail care and use of products and colors.
  • Maintain supply inventories and records of client services.
  • Roughen surfaces of fingernails, using abrasive wheel.
  • Promote and sell nail care products.
  • Polish nails, using powdered polish and buffer.
  • Whiten underside of nails with white paste or pencils.
  • Decorate clients' nails by piercing or attaching ornaments or designs.
  • Prepare nail cuticles with water and oil, using cuticle knives to push back cuticles and scissors or nippers to trim cuticles.
  • Prepare customers' nails in soapy water, using swabs, files, and orange sticks.
  • Use rotary abrasive wheels to shape and smooth nails or artificial extensions.
  • Assess the condition of clients' hands, remove dead skin, and massage hands.
  • Treat nails to repair or improve strength and resilience by wrapping.
  • Extend nails using powder, solvent, and paper forms attached to tips of customers' fingers to support and shape artificial nails.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Callus shavers
  • Credit card processing machines
  • Cuticle knives
  • Cuticle nippers
  • Cuticle pushers
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Dry heat sterilizers
  • Electronic cash registers
  • Emery boards
  • Finger separators
  • Finishing nail stones
  • Foot baths
  • Laptop computers
  • Manicure airbrushes
  • Manicure tables
  • Manicure tweezers
  • Nail buffing blocks
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail dryers
  • Nail files
  • Nail nippers
  • Nail scissors
  • Nail scrub brushes
  • Nail slicers
  • Pedicure carts
  • Personal computers
  • Pumice stones
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Toe separators
  • Ultraviolet UV sterilizers
  • Aknaf ADVANTAGE Salon Software and Spa Software
  • Appointment Search
  • Appointment-Plus
  • AppointmentQuest Online Appointment Scheduler
  • Customer information databases
  • DaySmart Software Salon Iris
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software

  • personal care and service

    industry stats

    SOC: 39-0000

    Total Employed: 4,307,500

    Average Annual Salary: $25,650