What Is the Gratuity for a Mani-Pedi?

Tip your manicurist to show how much you appreciate the service.
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The cost of a manicure and pedicure together -- usually called a mani-pedi -- may depend on a number of factors. The geographic location, the manicurist's expertise and sometimes the caliber of the salon can affect how much you pay for pretty nails and toes. However, the quality of service you receive should be the only thing that affects the gratuity you leave for your nail technician.

1 Money for a Mani-Pedi

In New York City, a salon mani-pedi can cost a fortune if you go to the same upscale salons that celebrities visit. Or, you can look for a bargain by scanning resources like CBS New York that list some of the most economical salons you can visit for a mani-pedi as low as $20. Whether you pay $20 or $50 for the spa treatment, the courteous thing to do, in many cases, is tip the service provider.

2 Be Pampered, Be Generous

Say your mani-pedi costs $20 and you're delighted at how your nails and toes look. Tip your manicurist 20 percent, which adds another $4 to your bill. In her post "9 Things Your Nail Technician Wants to Tell You," on the Woman's Day website, Brynn Mannino says nail technicians think a 20 percent tip is entirely appropriate. Even if your manicure and pedicure combination costs $50 or $60, tip the manicurist $10 or $12, respectively. There's one exception. It's not customary to tip salon owners, so if the owner performs the service, don't feel obligated to leave a gratuity.

Ruth Mayhew has been writing since the mid-1980s, and she has been an HR subject matter expert since 1995. Her work appears in "The Multi-Generational Workforce in the Health Care Industry," and she has been cited in numerous publications, including journals and textbooks that focus on human resources management practices. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ruth resides in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.