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Earnings

Income for nail technicians can vary widely, depending on the skill, experience, and clientele of the nail technician, the type and location of the shop or salon, the tipping habits of the clientele, and the area of the country. The U.S. Department of Labor reports the median annual income for nail technicians was $20,820 in May 2015. (This income includes tips.) The lowest paid 10 percent earned $18,260 or less, while the highest paid 10 percent earned $33,940 or more. Those working in large metropolitan areas may have slightly higher earnings, but the cost of living is also higher there.

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