Manicurists and Pedicurists

Career Overview

Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape, and beautify fingernails and toenails.


Manicurists and pedicurists must complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program and then pass a state exam for licensure, which all states except Connecticut require.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$19,698 /yr
$24,330 /yr
$33,488 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Communication
Work Environment

Manicurists and pedicurists usually work in a nail salon, spa, or hair salon. The job involves a lot of sitting. Those who own a mobile grooming company travel to their clients’ locations.

Future Outlook

Employment of manicurists and pedicurists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. New types of nail services, such as mini-sessions and mobile manicures and pedicures, may drive employment growth. High turnover and a growing number of nail salons will result in very good job opportunities.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada