A-According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hairstylists make a median wage of $24,950 – but tips are also a huge portion of their income. Salon owners make an average of $41,000 a year. A- Opening a successful nail salon requires plenty of planning and consideration. Not only does a nail salon owner need to know what permits, fees and licenses she needs in order to open the salon, but she is also required to have undergone state-approved education to... A-Salaries. Manicurists and pedicurists earn a mean $10.61 per hour, or $22,060 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2010. The lowest earning 10 percent got $7.85 per hour or $16,330 per year, while wages for the highest paid 10 percent... A-Pino notes that nail techs make $40,000 to $60,000 per year, thanks to a combination of an hourly wage that averages $15/hour, tips that average $7/hour and commission on retail sales in the shop. A manicure costs $20. But it might not be easy to scale or even make... A-At the Nail Salon. A standard tip for a manicurist is 15 percent, which means you should be tipping $3 for a $20 manicure. If it’s a quick, regular manicure (not gel, not acrylics), this seems fair, but certainly on the lower side of tips.