Nail Salon Owner Salary

In the US, salon business industry comprises $56 billion worth of salon business, which can be found in over 300,000 locations. Moreover, there are salons that solely offer nail care services. According to the 2010 statistics released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 51,990 employees are employed as manicurists and pedicurists, whereas a portion of workers in the salon business industry are self-employed. The following are some important data concerning salon owners and employees:


In 2010, nail salon owners earned around $40,580. Meanwhile, self-employed individuals are not endowed with benefits. The income normally comes from space rental in case of self-employed nail technicians or through salon profits for employees and salon owners.


Between 2008 and 2018, the salon business industry is expected to increase to about 14% to 19%. This growth can be attributed to the improving economy. However, it can also be affected by various factors, such the regulation of government for chemicals, increased taxes, and healthcare costs.


Running a salon requires maintenance, bookkeeping, training, loss prevention, and customer service. Salon owners also consider adding improvements or expanding their services, for example, by offering beauty products.


Nail salon employees or self-employed nail technicians should be properly trained. These people can earn certifications after training for services that they offer. Salons with highly trained staff are more apt to gain the loyalty of customers and thus earn more income.


Profits of salons can be increased by offering other forms of beauty services. Some salons offer their own line of beauty products, whereas other salon establishments offer other services, including spa, services and hair styling.

 6. Salon Studios

One way savvy entrepreneurs are making good money is lowering over hear and renting a salon studio.  This lowers over head costs and operation requirements by not having a big salon and specializing on specific aspects on the industry. Specialized services like chrome names or stilettos or glitter can charge premium prices. Just like this Nail Salon in Tempe.

Toxin Free Nail Products

OPI’s eco-friendly Infinite Shine nail polish

Oak Cliff is one of the most popular nail polish today because it is toxin-free, fume-free, and all-natural. Thus, people should try this product during their next nail salon appointment.

The use of this product is part of salon owners’ actions toward providing services to customers in a healthier and safer manner.

In this regard, various nail products are now produced without using harmful chemicals, such ammonia, formaldehyde, and other complex and potentially dangerous compounds. In addition, some salon now also offers several variations of their nail services. In other cases, salons avoid doing manicures and pedicure at the same time to allow their customers some time to relax. This way, clients appreciate more their nail salon experience.

One salon, Pink Pedi, offers other services, such as neck and should massages, which can be partnered with other options, including clay mud masks for the feet. The salon also offers lotions and massage oils which customers can buy for use during their treatments. One of their most popular add-ons include the Pink Peppermint scent that comes with signature body butter.

Pink Pedi is also known for two-eco-friendly brands of nail polish: OPI’s Infinite Shine and Zoya. These products are proudly made by some talented local artisans.

Health Of Nail Salon Workers

With the recent issues that arose regarding hazardous chemical exposures of nail salon workers, legal battles were initiated and headed by people with much concern for community health. To participate in this legal war, some lobbyists give away lipsticks and other beauty products to prevent banning of an industrial compound used as material for enhancing manicure and pedicures.

As a result, people who approve of this ban lost the legal battle, proving the difficulty that arises from fighting an industry that earned an estimated $62 billion in 2016.

This disappointing legal battle led to the formation of campaign organized by salon workers, health workers, and local officials in California. Currently, the group is gaining more support from the US Environmental Protection Agency and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The group aims at voicing out concerns of the community and to show to the people what is really happening in the beauty industry and its possible effects on people’s health. Members of this group claimed that in the past, a number of nail-salon workers suffered from cancer, headaches, miscarriages, and other health conditions.

From then on, the California Health Nail Salon Collaborative exerted efforts to prevent nail-salon staff from being exposed to toxicants while working. Cities and counties that support this advocacy by certifying salons that participate in banning nail materials and products that are potentially dangerous to workers. Moreover, nail-salon staff are recommended to be provided with proper ventilation, gloves, and masks.

Health complains related to working in nail salons normally involved immigrants hailing from Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea, and other Asian countries.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuoum implemented a new regulation, requiring salons to install ventilation systems and to employ certain health protocols to reduce exposure of workers to chemicals.

Meanwhile, California implements a voluntary program for salons to formulate their own salons when it comes to their operations. Salon owners and workers are also trained and advised to relay any concern that they have with their work.

Last winter, one salon celebrated its achievement in earning a local government certification for healthy salon.

Meanwhile, behind this success, some nail salon workers first suffered from various ailments because of the nature of their occupation. Still, these people used their misfortunes as inspiration to fight for the health and safety of other people currently working in the beauty industry.

On the other hand, trade groups and chemical manufacturers deny allegations surrounding suspected harmful materials. Some of these chemicals include formaldehyde and other compounds which are believed to be carcinogenic or health hazards. Meanwhile, other companies opted to remove such ingredients from their products.

Amidst all these issues, scientific evidence are still needed in order to prove which chemicals pose harmful effects to people’s health. Thus, various authorities, such as California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, are taking actions to assess frequently questioned targets and to address people’s health concern. Assessment of these materials may lead to formulation of protocols and guidelines regarding specific chemicals and other safer alternatives.

Risks Of Sanitation In Nail Salons

In Denver, some nail salons end up being fined with thousands of dollars because of their unsanitary and risky salon services.

People go to the salon to allow themselves some time for relaxation. However, some customers have experienced otherwise. In fact, some clients claimed that they only felt alarmed and unsafe during one of their salon appointments.

For instance, one customer of Ooolala Nail Salon in Highlands Ranch claimed that one technician cut her with clippers while she was having her nails done. Moreover, this particular customer observed that the nail tech was not wearing gloves and did not even use any first-aid kit to treat their wound. Moreover, the nail tech started pouring some unknown solution to the wound, causing alarm to the customer.

However, one TV program named Ooolala Nail Salon as the eighth dirtiest salon in Colorado in 2016. As a consequence, the salon paid around $2200 in fine. The fine was punishment for using dirty equipment when providing services to customer and for using reagents contained in unlabeled bottles.

Meanwhile, the top 10 most fined salons were guilty of using unclean tools or foot stubs.

With this regard, it seems that most people do not realize the dangers that services like pedicures and manicures may bring. Moreover, dirty foot water and unsanitized clippers may cause infections. Thus, customers with sores or cuts or existing infections should just skip their nail salon appointment to prevent themselves from being infected with bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Thus, to take care of people’s health, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) impose strict regulations on nail salons. Salons are also required to obtain licenses before they start their operations. Likewise, inspectors are very strict in observing the overall cleanliness of salons and their equipment.

Any violations made on these regulations and other implemented standards result in fines or probationary status until they start conforming to the rules.

To guide people when going to nail salons, DORA released some tips for nail salon customers:


Customers should see right away in walls of establishment the license for their services. However, if the license is not posted on a wall, the customers have every right to ask the salon staff to see it. Moreover, people should also realize that cosmetologist and nail technicians should possess different license types.


Paper nail files, orangewood sticks, pumice stones, and foam flip-flops should only be used once.


Clients are advised to check whether the tools that will be used on their hands and feet are thoroughly sanitized.

Nail Salon Industry

2013 was a year of record growth for the Nail Salon industry.  Record revenue of over $7.5 Billion. Growth was  fueled by the increased demand for high end services especially Gel Nails.  Older well established nail product manufactures are increasing adding Gel product lines to their offerings. The biggest influences on the industry is celebrity nail art.  We visited a Nail Salon Tempe that showed us some high end design art including some of the most amazing colors of glitter.  This salon is located in a beauty mall where all the professionals rent their own room and offer a salon studio environment.  Innovation is the name of the game 1/3 of salons added a new service to their product lines during the last year.  Demand done using social marketing and online tools has proven to help create demand for these new services.  Textured or 3d nail art should become the next new trend this year as new products are taken to market.