Makeup Artist Salary in the US

$23.64
per hour
per year
$21,750
per year
per hour

Makeup Artist - Average Hourly Pay & Salary

The average salary for a Makeup Artist is $23.64 per hour ($21,750 per year), which is $31,740 (-59%) lower than the average salary in the US.
A Makeup Artist can expect an average starting pay of $10.25. The highest pay rates can exceed $102.72.
$10.25
Low
$23.64
Average salary
$102.72
High
$15,320
Low
$21,750
Average salary
$73,700
High

Makeup Artist Salary Range

Low
$10.25
Average salary
$23.64
Experienced
$34.60
High
$102.72
Low
$15,320
Average salary
$21,750
Experienced
$26,700
High
$73,700
Among Makeup Artists in the US, Theatrical Makeup Artists, Mortuary Makeup Artists and Freelance Makeup Artists tend to have the lowest pay rates, while highly skilled Film Makeup Artists and SFX Makeup Artists enjoy the highest salaries.

Makeup Artist - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Special Effects Makeup Artist$26.20/hour
+11% 
Permanent Makeup Artist$25.10/hour
+6% 
Movie Makeup Artist$24.30/hour
+3% 
Bride Makeup Artist$22.70/hour
 -4%
Mortuary Makeup Artist$20.80/hour
 -12%
Freelance Makeup Artist$17.70/hour
 -25%
Theatrical Makeup Artist$15.60/hour
 -34%

Makeup Artist - Pay by Experience Level in the United States

An Entry Level Makeup Artist with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average starting wage of $10 per hour. A mid career Makeup Artist with 4-9 years of experience earns an average pay of $20, while an experienced Makeup Artist with 10-20 years of experience makes on average $34. Makeup Artists with more than 20 years of experience earn $50 per hour on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Makeup Artist

Late Career▲ +112%
Experienced▲ +44%
Average Salary$23.64/hour
Mid Career▼ -15%
Entry Level▼ -58%

Gender Breakdown

Female
98%
Male
2%

Makeup Artist - Related Salaries (per year)

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Makeup Artist jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months and on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).
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