Makeup Artist Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Makeup Artist is $15.70 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience.
Makeup Artist Salary (?
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$20,273 - $58,900
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $35,690
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Makeup Artist Salary (?
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$9.81 - $49.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$20,273 - $58,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,684  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,635  
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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$20,676 - $90,855  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $49.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.51 - $7.60  
Overtime
$11.22 - $74.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,684  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,635  
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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$20,676 - $90,855  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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Job Description for Makeup Artist

Makeup artists use cosmetic products to enhance natural beauty and create attractive looks that meet clients' needs. They work in a number of settings, such as demonstrations at makeup counters and trade shows, high-fashion makeup for runway models, theatrical makeup for film and stage productions, and movie special-effects makeup design. Depending on the makeup artist's niche, they may based in one location (such as a salon or makeup counter) or travel regularly to different locations. Makeup artists may work as freelance professionals or for an employer. Examples of freelance makeup artists' jobs might include a bride's makeup for weddings, actors' makeup for stage production, and models' makeup for fashion photographers print and catalog work. Makeup artists with a single employer might work at a specific salon or makeup counter, among other locations. These professionals may continually expand their clientele and specializations, creating opportunities for career advancement. Makeup artists must be able to adapt to clients' specific needs, such as if they have an allergic reaction to a certain cosmetic or if certain products aren't translating to film or photographing well.
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Makeup Artist Tasks
  • Select makeup shades and products for individuals.
  • Sell makeup and cleansing products, and provide information and advice on cosmetic application.
  • Consult with clients, perform makeup demonstrations, and provide skin care consultations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Makeup Artist

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
up arrow 37%
San Francisco
up arrow 30%
Chicago
up arrow 14%
Seattle
up arrow 13%
National Average
$35,000
Las Vegas
up arrow 2%
Los Angeles
up arrow 9%
Houston
up arrow 11%
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Experience Affects Makeup Artist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%
Late-Career
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 17%
National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
94%
female alumni
 
Male
6%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 61%
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