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. A-What are the costs involved in opening a nail salon? Most nail salons are at least 1,000 square feet, and building out a salon typically costs between $75 and $125 per square foot. This comes to a total build-out cost of $75,000 to $125,000 for a 1,000-square-foot... A-Various factors may affect this, but an average nail salon owner could make anywhere between $40,000 and $75,000 per year.