Makeup artist salary in United States
How much does a Makeup Artist make in the United States?
Average base salary
The average salary for a makeup artist is $26.73 per hour in the United States. 1.5k salaries reported, updated at November 27, 2023
Salaries by years of experience in the United States
|Years of experience||Per hour|
|Less than 1 year|
|1 to 2 years|
|3 to 5 years|
|6 to 9 years|
|More than 10 years|
Top companies for Makeup Artists in United States
Highest paying cities for Makeup Artists near United States
Where can a Makeup Artist earn more?Compare salaries for Makeup Artists in different locations
Best-paid skills and qualifications for Makeup Artists
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 $26.73 per hour.
|Year||Number of job openings on Indeed requiring this license||Change from previous year|
|2012||80||increase by 80|
|2013||460||increase by 475.00%|
|2014||377||decrease by 18.04%|
|2015||1766||increase by 368.44%|
|2016||2382||increase by 34.88%|
|2017||1151||decrease by 51.68%|
|2018||1273||increase by 10.60%|
|2019||934||decrease by 26.63%|
More critical skills and qualifications that pay well
|Top Licenses||Salary||Job openings||Companies|
Most common benefits for Makeup Artists
- Dental insurance
- Employee discount
- Flexible schedule
- Health insurance
- Paid time off
Salary satisfactionBased 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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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.