A Makeup Artist earns an average wage of $16.75 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$14,971 - $84,020
$15K
$39K
$84K
MEDIAN: $38,638
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$10.07 - $39.69
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$14,971 - $84,020  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
Commission
$0.00 - $5,918  
Total Pay (?
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$20,590 - $84,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $39.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $10.11  
Overtime
$7.18 - $76.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $5,918  
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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$20,590 - $84,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 397

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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

National Average: $36,143

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Key Stats for Makeup Artist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Makeup Artist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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