While cosmetologists are trained to beautify both hair and nails, salons typically hire manicurists and pedicurists to treat their customers’ nails. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development provides salary information for both cosmetologist salaries in Indiana and for manicurists in the state.
The 2013 salaries of Indiana cosmetologists and manicurists were similar for those entering these professions. However, experienced cosmetologists earned substantially more than experienced manicurists:
These figures typically underestimate the actual take home pay, because customers generally tip 10 to 25%.
Employment Levels of Indiana’s Hair and Nail Professionals
Seven thousand cosmetologists working as hairdressers and hairstylists worked in Indiana in 2013 as compared to 380 manicurists.
Indiana’s cosmetologists were primarily concentrated in a few key metropolitan areas. There were 2,100 of these professionals employed in the Indianapolis area and 1,150 in the Gary metropolitan area. In contrast, Indianapolis had 150 manicurists while 70 were employed in Gary.
Hair and Nail Professional Job Growth in Indiana
The fields of both hair and nail care are growing rapidly in Indiana. Estimates indicate that the number of manicurist jobs will increase by 16.4% between 2010 and 2020, while those in the cosmetology field will increase at a rate of 15.2%.
Jobs for cosmetologists, hairdressers, and hairstylists are expected to increase more than the state’s average in the northwestern, northern, and central regions of the state. Manicurist job growth is expected to be exceptionally high in the eastern and southeastern parts of Indiana at 21.1%.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides an analysis of 2013 cosmetologist salary percentiles in Indiana:
The BLS has separate tables for 2013 manicurist and pedicurist salaries: