Makeup Artist Salary

The average wage for a Makeup Artist is $17.25 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.
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$14,718 - $86,821
$15K
$39K
$87K
MEDIAN: $39,189
10%
50%
90%

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$10.24 - $40.37
$10
$17
$40
MEDIAN: $17.04
10%
50%
90%

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$0$88K
Salary $14,718 - $86,821
Bonus $5.17 - $5,042
Profit Sharing $501
Commission $0.00 - $6,205
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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$20,647 - $88,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jun 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 178
Hourly Data $0$72
Hourly Rate $10.24 - $40.37
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $10.00
Overtime $7.18 - $72.27
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $5.17 - $5,042
Commission $0.00 - $6,205
Profit Sharing $501
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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$20,647 - $88,556
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jun 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 636

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

  • 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.

Makeup Artist Pay By Employer

$0$105K

Sephora Inc.
35 profiles
$26,754

Sephora Usa, Inc
21 profiles
$28,617

M.A.C.
19 profiles
$35,758

M.A.C. Cosmetics
17 profiles
$36,477

$40,118

Nordstrom, Inc.
11 profiles
$40,306

Macy's, Inc.
11 profiles
$33,280

Self-Employed
8 profiles
$72,800

$35,872

$32,070

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Makeup Artist Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Makeup Artist

Pay by Experience for a Makeup Artist has a positive trend. An entry-level Makeup Artist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 314 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Makeup Artist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 128 salaries. An experienced Makeup Artist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 97 salaries. A Makeup Artist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 44 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,657

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Makeup Artist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Makeup Artist?

Makeup Artist in Lynchburg:
"Making people happy."
Pros: Making people feel good about themselves.
Cons: When people are rude to me for no reason.

Makeup Artist in Naples:
Pros: Giving confidence to people and making them smile.
Cons: Sales goals.

Makeup Artist in Honolulu:
Pros: Always learning new things. Team environment. Gratis!
Cons: Not consistent schedule late night and early mornings. Scheduled is publish so slow making it hard to plan things in life always working on weekends.

Makeup Artist in San Diego:
"Freelance makeup artist."
Pros: You have control over day and hours work.you pick your clients.
Cons: Can't afford health care, it's hard to get clients to pay your rate, sometimes you work for free to get yourself out there.

Makeup Artist in Houston:
Pros: I love doing makeup, but I hate that I get paid so little and do so many other things and the managers make it stressful on us and ontop of that we don't even work on commission and they pressure us to sell so much!
Cons:

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Key Stats for Makeup Artist

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Makeup Artist Salaries

Late-Career
▲41%

▲21%

▲6%

National Average
$37,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 63%