National » Personal Care and Service » Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Salary Information

The salary statistics of makeup artists, theatrical and performance are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of makeup artists, theatrical and performance within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The makeup artists, theatrical and performance annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,250
25th Percentile Wage
$29,340
50th Percentile Wage
$59,300
75th Percentile Wage
$107,290
90th Percentile Wage
$127,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for makeup artists, theatrical and performance. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) makeup artists, theatrical and performance is $127,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,250. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 497% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of makeup artists, theatrical and performance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,300
-2.82% -8.68%
2016
$60,970
12.69% -
2015
$53,230
16.76% -
2014
$44,310
-6.54% -
2013
$47,210
-36.52% -
2012
$64,450
- -

Table 2. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of makeup artists, theatrical and performance in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for makeup artists, theatrical and performance occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $65,460. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $22,390).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$65,460
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$60,300
Retail Trade
$47,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,610
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,670
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,390

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance by States

From the above tables we note that not only makeup artists, theatrical and performance salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of makeup artists, theatrical and performance in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $17,930 to $113,230. The highest paying state for makeup artists, theatrical and performance is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $113,230. The lowest paying state is Indiana with a median annual salary of $17,930. For more salary information of makeup artists, theatrical and performance profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$113,230
Illinois
$95,130
Tennessee
$91,210
New York
$71,520
California
$65,660
Washington
$57,040
Massachusetts
$54,130
Pennsylvania
$45,350
Michigan
$44,340
Hawaii
$43,990
Texas
$42,320
New Jersey
$41,000
Florida
$38,640
Puerto Rico
$34,410
Louisiana
$29,800
Georgia
$29,320
Connecticut
$28,650
Nevada
$22,390
Virginia
$22,230
Indiana
$17,930



Related:

💰 Highest paying states for makeup artists, theatrical and performance

💰 Highest paying cities for makeup artists, theatrical and performance

💰 Highest paying industries for makeup artists, theatrical and performance.