Although cosmetologists are trained to work on nails, salons typically assign this function to dedicated professionals licensed as nail technicians. Thus, separate salary information is available for each.
The average 2014 cosmetologist salary in West Virginia was 36.6% higher than that for manicurists according to Workforce West Virginia. The entry-level salaries for cosmetologists and manicurists were very similar, but experienced cosmetologists earned an average of 52.1% more than experienced manicurists:
The actual take home pay of these professionals was higher than indicated here because of the prevalence of tipping.
Regional Cosmetology Salaries in West Virginia
Average cosmetologist salaries in West Virginia differed considerably depending on what region they were employed in. Experienced cosmetologists in the southwest region of the state earned salaries that were 86.7% higher than those in West Virginia area as a whole:
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of 2013 cosmetology salary levels by percentile in West Virginia:
More than ten times as many hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists than manicurists were employed in West Virginia in 2014. One hundred manicurists practiced in the state that year, while there were 1,260 licensed cosmetologists.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides 2013 salary data for West Virginia’s manicurists and pedicurists: