The average wage for a Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance is $20.00 per hour.

$28,906 - $94,379
$29K
$51K
$94K
MEDIAN: $51,204
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90%

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$9.36 - $48.48
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$20
$48
MEDIAN: $20.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$28,906 - $94,379  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,839 - $94,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $48.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$25.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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Total Pay (?
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$23,839 - $94,601  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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Job Description for Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance

Theatrical and performance makeup artists use makeup to ensure performers meet the needs of the theatrical or performance piece in which they are working. They must work with a director or other manager to determine makeup-related needs, as well as determine the supplies necessary to carry out this vision. These professionals must plan how they will apply the makeup, which must account for the performers' skin tone, sensitivities and other factors; they also need to prepare for events during the performance that may affect makeup, as well as create models or drawings for planning purposes.

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Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance Tasks

  • Apply makeup to meet specific lighting and acting situations.
  • Maintain inventory and workspace.
  • Interact with directors, actors and staff to meet expectations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance?

Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance in New York:
"Very early hours."
You have to be likable and hard working, willing to be on location early morning and work late.

Key Stats for Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 108%

Experienced
up arrow 82%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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