$37,898
Avg. Salary
$17.43
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,000

Bonus

$501

Profit Sharing

$1,015

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Makeup Artist is $17.43 per hour.

The average pay for a Makeup Artist is $37,898 per year.

$10.35
10%
$17.43
50%
$48.30
90%
MEDIAN $17.43
$15k
10%
$38k
50%
$93k
90%
MEDIAN $37,898
$14,545 - $93,309
$15K
$38K
$93K
MEDIAN: $37,898
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50%
90%

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$10.35 - $48.30
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MEDIAN: $17.43
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$0$98K
Salary $14,545 - $93,309
Bonus $5.03 - $5,195
Profit Sharing $501
Commission $0.00 - $6,904
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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$20,722 - $98,348
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 165
Hourly Data $0$73
Hourly Rate $10.35 - $48.30
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $10.25
Overtime $7.08 - $73.52
Annual Data $0$98K
Bonus $5.03 - $5,195
Commission $0.00 - $6,904
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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$20,722 - $98,348
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 619

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$106K

Sephora Inc.
33 profiles
$26,754

Sephora Usa, Inc
19 profiles
$28,614

M.A.C.
18 profiles
$35,863

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

$40,118

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

Nordstrom, Inc.
9 profiles
$41,846

Self-Employed
7 profiles
$83,200

$35,872

$31,951

Common Career Paths for Makeup Artist


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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: $37,162

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:

Makeup Artist in Ballwin:
"All the different locations."
Always be positive.

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Key Stats for Makeup Artist

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Makeup Artist Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

▲20%

▲4%

National Average
$37,000

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 64%