A nail technician is getting paid about $1,000 less per month than a similar technician in the same job, according to new data from the National Association of Home Health Inspectors.
The data comes as the National Employment Law Project reports that more than half of all home health inspectors who are certified in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are not paid enough for their work.
A typical nail technician, who earns about $25,000 per year, earns about the same as a comparable employee in a similar job, but their paychecks are more than four times lower, according the NALP.
The National Employment Lawyers Association says that home health inspection jobs are considered dangerous occupations because of the risk they pose to workers and their families.
The report, “The NALPs Occupational Hazards Survey: 2012,” found that nearly two-thirds of the nail technicians surveyed have experienced harassment, retaliation, physical and sexual assault, or sexual harassment.
About two-fifths of those nail technicians also reported having experienced retaliation, retaliation or sexual assault.
The study also found that nail technicians were also paid more than their male counterparts, and that male nail technicians made about $9,500 less per year than their female counterparts.
The nail technician survey, released Monday, is based on the results of a survey conducted by the Occupation Safety and Safety and Healthcare Administration (OSHA) in August of 2012.
OSHA began collecting information about nail technicians in August 2009 and began asking for the data in February 2011.
The survey was released by the NLEO on the heels of a report released last week by the Center for Responsive Politics that found that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is investigating complaints of retaliation and harassment from home health inspector unions, particularly those in the nail-related field.
The NLRB’s investigation is focused on the nail industry, which employs more than 17 million workers in the United States and employs more people in the U.S. than any other occupation.
“The nail industry is a safe occupation, but we need to understand why this happens,” said NLEI’s executive director, Karen Fuchs.
“If nail technicians have been discriminated against, it is because they are paid less.
The evidence suggests nail technicians who work in the home health sector are disproportionately impacted by the safety hazards of nail manufacturing.”
The survey results also revealed that the number of nail technicians hired increased by more than 200 percent from 2005 to 2011, from about 7,200 to nearly 15,500.
“Nail technicians have traditionally been male, but the data suggest they are now making up the majority of the workforce,” Fuchs said.
“And when you factor in that they are often younger, they often are female, they are white, they live in rural areas and they are generally underrepresented.”
The nail-manufacturing industry employs more women than any industry in the country, according a 2013 report from the Center on Gender in Labor and Employment at Rutgers University.
The industry is the largest employer of women in the entire country.
The largest percentage of women workers are in the production and assembly industry, according an NLEA study.
The NLEP, which represents nail technicians, is calling on the Occupment Safety and Insurance Administration ( OSHA ) to investigate whether nail technicians may be subject to retaliation or harassment for their jobs.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, is a federal agency charged with protecting workers from hazardous workplace hazards.
OSHE’s response to the nail study is scheduled to be announced Monday, Nov. 17, by OSHA Commissioner Kevin Flynn.
The OSHA did not respond to a request for comment.
OSHHA has also launched an investigation into the complaints that are the basis of the NLRB investigation, which is expected to take several months.
The inspector general’s office, which investigates workplace safety and safety-related complaints, is currently investigating allegations of retaliation by the nail service industry.
The IG’s office is expected in the next couple of months to make a final decision on whether to recommend disciplinary action against nail service technicians.
A national survey by the American Home and Medical Association found that most home health and safety inspectors surveyed are paid about 40 percent less than their counterparts.
Home health inspectors earn an average of $50,000 a year.
A comparison of the median pay for the most common jobs among the most commonly-wanted occupations in the NHA survey was made by the National Occupational Law Project.
Nail technicians earn an estimated $29,000, according data from OSHA.
The average home health care technician, according this data, is paid about a third less than the median home health technician.