Manicurist

License required by 50 states

60th most burdensome licensing requirements.

13th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Manicurists and pedicurists, also known as nail technicians, clean and shape customers’ fingernails and toenails and may polish or decorate nails.

Forty-nine states and D.C. require a license to work as a manicurist; Connecticut is the only state that does not. On average, these laws force aspiring manicurists to pay $172 in fees, complete 91 days of education and pass two exams—the 60th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. However, because manicurists are licensed so widely, the occupation ranks as the 13th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary widely across states. For example, the most burdensome state, Alabama, requires about 175 days (750 hours) of education, while the least burdensome state, Massachusetts, requires only about 23 days (100 hours). Exam requirements also vary, from zero exams in Florida to three in seven other states. Similarly, three states (Alaska, Vermont and Wisconsin) require over $350 in fees, but nine states require less than $100.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Alabama 50 $235 175 750 clock hours 2 10 16
2 Arizona 50 $247 140 600 clock hours 2 10 16
3 Tennessee 50 $190 140 600 clock hours 2 12 16
4 Texas 50 $176 140 600 clock hours 2 12 17
5 Nevada 50 $145 140 600 clock hours 2 10 18
6 Kentucky 50 $100 140 600 clock hours 2 12 16
7 Arkansas 50 $125 140 600 clock hours 2 10 16
8 Oklahoma 50 $60 140 600 clock hours 2 8 16
9 Washington 50 $210 140 600 clock hours 2 0 17
10 Colorado 50 $177 140 600 clock hours 2 0 16
11 Oregon 50 $90 140 600 clock hours 3 0 0
12 Georgia 50 $139 123 525 clock hours 2 12 17
13 Louisiana 50 $75 117 500 clock hours 2 10 16
14 Vermont 50 $360 93 400 clock hours 3 12 18
15 Indiana 50 $92 105 450 clock hours 1 8 18
16 New Mexico 50 $253 93 400 clock hours 3 10 17
17 West Virginia 50 $159 93 400 clock hours 3 12 18
18 Montana 50 $254 93 400 clock hours 2 12 18
19 South Dakota 50 $80 93 400 clock hours 3 12 18
20 Idaho 50 $186 93 400 clock hours 2 10 17
21 Michigan 50 $200 93 400 clock hours 2 9 17
22 Missouri 50 $150 93 400 clock hours 2 10 17
23 Wyoming 50 $123 93 400 clock hours 2 10 16
24 California 50 $110 93 400 clock hours 2 10 17
25 Mississippi 50 $233 82 350 clock hours 2 12 17
26 Minnesota 50 $285 82 350 clock hours 3 12 0
27 Kansas 50 $195 82 350 clock hours 2 12 17
28 D C 50 $230 82 350 clock hours 2 10 18
29 Hawaii 50 $110 82 350 clock hours 1 12 16
30 North Dakota 50 $205 82 350 clock hours 3 0 0
31 Illinois 50 $210 82 350 clock hours 1 0 16
32 Delaware 50 $267 70 300 clock hours 2 10 16
33 New Jersey 50 $169 70 300 clock hours 2 12 17
34 South Carolina 50 $175 70 300 clock hours 2 10 16
35 Rhode Island 50 $100 70 300 clock hours 2 12 18
36 Wisconsin 50 $391 70 300 clock hours 2 0 18
37 Iowa 50 $118 76 325 clock hours 1 12 0
38 New Hampshire 50 $198 70 300 clock hours 2 12 0
39 Nebraska 50 $78 70 300 clock hours 1 12 17
40 Utah 50 $234 70 300 clock hours 2 0 0
41 North Carolina 50 $168 70 300 clock hours 2 0 0
42 Maryland 50 $104 58 250 clock hours 2 9 17
43 New York 50 $70 58 250 clock hours 2 0 17
44 Alaska 50 $390 58 250 clock hours 1 0 0
45 Maine 50 $148 47 200 clock hours 2 10 17
46 Ohio 50 $51 47 200 clock hours 2 10 16
47 Florida 50 $70 56 240 clock hours 0 0 16
48 Pennsylvania 50 $110 47 200 clock hours 1 10 16
49 Virginia 50 $175 35 150 clock hours 2 0 0
50 Massachusetts 50 $188 23 100 clock hours 2 0 0

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