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Makeup artist salary in United States

How much does a Makeup Artist make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $31.15
Low $12.31
High $78.79
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a makeup artist is $31.15 per hour in the United States. 1k salaries reported, updated at September 12, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Highest paying cities for Makeup Artists near United States

  1. Atlanta, GA
    $40.70 per hour
    14 salaries reported
  2. Miami, FL
    $35.16 per hour
    9 salaries reported
  3. Chicago, IL
    $34.35 per hour
    15 salaries reported
  1. Las Vegas, NV
    $34.06 per hour
    8 salaries reported
  2. Los Angeles, CA
    $28.50 per hour
    7 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $26.64 per hour
    25 salaries reported
  1. Dallas, TX
    $26.45 per hour
    23 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $24.15 per hour
    22 salaries reported
  3. San Diego, CA
    $22.69 per hour
    5 salaries reported
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Where can a Makeup Artist earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Makeup Artists

Most recommended license

Cosmetology License

(earn +66.19% more)

The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 26.63% since 2018. Makeup Artists with this license earn +66.19% more than the average base salary, which is $31.15 per hour.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
201280increase by 80
2013460increase by 475.00%
2014377decrease by 18.04%
20151766increase by 368.44%
20162382increase by 34.88%
20171151decrease by 51.68%
20181273increase by 10.60%
2019934decrease by 26.63%

Top companies hiring Makeup Artists on Indeed

Middle East Broadcasting Networks Inc.
Athletes Global Corporation
Nina Renee Beauty
L'Oreal Luxe
Collective Press
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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top LicensesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
332 jobs497
287 jobs417
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Most common benefits for Makeup Artists

  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 1,686 ratings

40% of Makeup Artists in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?


32,859 job openings

Average $18.54 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Makeup Artist

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a makeup artist?

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Do makeup artists make good money?

Yes, makeup artists do make good money. However, the salary depends on various factors such as which career path someone takes in which industry, education, experience, reputation, etc.

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