Manicurists and Pedicurists

risk level
Based on 78 votes
by year 2032
or $14.97 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

79% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

46% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 79% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Manicurists and Pedicurists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Manicurists and Pedicurists' job openings is expected to rise 22.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Manicurists and Pedicurists' was $31,130, or $14 per hour

'Manicurists and Pedicurists' were paid 32.8% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 138,020 people employed as 'Manicurists and Pedicurists' within the United States.

This represents around 0.09% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Manicurists and Pedicurists'.

Job description

Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

SOC Code: 39-5092.00


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NO THANKS (Low) says
Yea as if I want a robot touching my hands and stuff.
Dec 18, 2022 at 03:24 AM
Andy B says
I agree with Andrea S, the individuality of people, the shape etc. of their hands I find this hard to see how this can have such a high score for automation. Only time will tell I guess
Oct 28, 2022 at 09:01 AM
Andrea S (Uncertain) says
Am a nail technician, what I do creating custom extensions are individual to the clients nails, also somewhat finicky to do, I doubt a robot could do it accurately though who knows, robots are getting better and better.
Nov 20, 2020 at 06:57 PM

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