The average wage for a Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance is $20.48 per hour.

$28,906 - $94,379
(Median)
$29K
$60K
$94K
MEDIAN: $60,000
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$9.90 - $50.93
(Median)
$9
$20
$51
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$28,906 - $94,379  
   
Total Pay (?
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$25,251 - $103,302  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $50.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.94  
Overtime
$25.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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Total Pay (?
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$25,251 - $103,302  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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

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

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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.

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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.

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Experience Affects Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 87%

Experienced
up arrow 64%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 56%
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