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Makeup Artist Salary (United States)

The larger portion of Makeup Artists in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $15.70 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than half are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than a third and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than a third. Work is enjoyable for Makeup Artists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Makeup Artist Salary (?
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$20,273 - $58,900
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MEDIAN: $35,690
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$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  
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.

Common Career Paths for Makeup Artist

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For Makeup Artists, advancing into a Retail Store Manager role, where salaries are usually $40K, is not typical but is also not out of the question. Becoming a Performance Makeup Artist is, more often than not, the most common role that Makeup Artists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $39K. Another frequent advance is for Makeup Artists to assume a Retail Store Assistant Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $32K.

Makeup Artist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Makeup Artist

M.A.C. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $35K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $23K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $42K. Offering a median salary of only $29K, Sephora Usa, Inc gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $21K to $46K isn't that wide, either. Workers at M.A.C. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field.

Pay by Experience Level for Makeup Artist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Makeup Artists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. For some reason, Makeup Artists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $42K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a fair portion of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Makeup Artists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Makeup Artists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent) and Chicago (+14 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Los Angeles and Las Vegas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Makeup Artist Salaries

Experienced
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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%