Nail technicians are about average in terms of happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, nail technicians rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 44% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy nail technicians are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Aesthetician
3.3
$37k
Painting, coating & decorating worker
3.2
$37k
Spa manager
3.2
$38k
Tailor
3.2
$31k
Funeral director
3.2
$49k
Nail technician
3.1
$29k
Hairdresser
3.1
$30k
Amusement attendant
3.0
$24k
Travel agent
3.0
$44k
Sewing machine operator
3.0
$30k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are nail technicians happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do nail technicians find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as nail technicians?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are nail technician’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are nail technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Are nail technicians happy with their salary?

Nail technicians rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.9/5. Nail technicians tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked nail technicians how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.9 out of 5 stars

309 nail technicians

5 Star
16%

16% of nail technicians rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
18%

18% of nail technicians rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of nail technicians rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
20%

20% of nail technicians rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
19%

19% of nail technicians rated their compensation 1 stars

Do nail technicians find their jobs meaningful?

On average, nail technicians rate the meaningfulness of their work a 2.7/5. While most nail technicians aren’t very fulfilled by their work, some people may still manage to find meaning in it.

We asked nail technicians how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

2.7 out of 5 stars

311 nail technicians

5 Star
15%

15% of nail technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of nail technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of nail technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of nail technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
26%

26% of nail technicians rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as nail technicians?

Nail technicians rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.8/5. The majority of nail technicians find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked nail technicians how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

334 nail technicians

5 Star
36%

36% of nail technicians rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of nail technicians rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
18%

18% of nail technicians rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of nail technicians rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of nail technicians rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a nail technician’s work environment?

As a whole, nail technicians rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.5/5. A solid majority of nail technicians enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a nail technician.

We asked nail technicians how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.5 out of 5 stars

332 nail technicians

5 Star
24%

24% of nail technicians rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of nail technicians rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of nail technicians rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of nail technicians rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
8%

8% of nail technicians rated their work environment 1 stars

Are nail technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Former nail technicians on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.2/5. Most nail technicians are satisfied with how well their abilities are skills are made of use.

We asked nail technicians how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

335 nail technicians

5 Star
21%

21% of nail technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of nail technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of nail technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of nail technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
14%

14% of nail technicians rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars