Average Makeup Artist Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Makeup Artist is $17.87.
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Hourly Rate
$11 - $49
$13 - $10,000
$0 - $6,500
Total Pay
$22,456 - $102,221

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Job Description for Makeup Artist

Makeup Artist Tasks
  • Consult with clients, perform makeup demonstrations, and provide skin care consultations.
  • Sell makeup and cleansing products, and provide information and advice on cosmetic application.
  • Select makeup shades and products for individuals.

Job Satisfaction for Makeup Artist

3.8 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Makeup Artist are from the companies Sephora Inc., Sephora Usa, Inc and M.A.C. Cosmetics. Reported salaries are highest at Self-Employed where the average pay is $35.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Nordstrom, Inc. and Estee Lauder Companies Inc, earning around $19.38 and $19.00, respectively. Sephora Inc. pays the lowest at around $12.42. Sephora Usa, Inc and M.A.C. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.35 and $17.06, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Makeup Artist

An entry-level Makeup Artist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.34 based on 32 salaries. An early career Makeup Artist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.36 based on 316 salaries. A mid-career Makeup Artist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.15 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Makeup Artist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.16 based on 116 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Employees with Makeup Artist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 21.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (14.6% more) and New York, New York (12.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Diego, California (2.2% less).

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