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Nail Technician

Nail Technicians provide a wide range of hand and foot treatments including manicures, pedicures, massage and other nail enhancements.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 24,500 people are currently employed as Nail Technicians in Australia. This is set to increase to 30,800 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

29.7% of all Nail Technicians are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Nail Technicians is NT, with only 0.9%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 0.6% of Nail Technicians being male and 99.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Nail Technicians is 25-34 years old, with 30.4%. A small percentage (2.3%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Nail Technicians, with 17.1% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Nail Technicians work an average of 40.4 hours a week which is 0.5 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Nail Technicians have a Advanced Diploma/Diploma qualification (49.5%) or are at a Certificate III/IV level (37.6%). 87.1% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 12.9% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Nail Technician Duties & Tasks

  • Perform manicures and pedicures 
  • Administer hand and foot massage 
  • Apply nail enhancements including artificial nails, nail art, nail jewellery and nail painting 
  • Use electrical equipment to clean, shape, buff nails and airbrush nails 
  • Advise clients on caring for their nails 
  • Sell nail products and related equipment



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.