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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$115,030
75th Percentile Wage
$88,820
50th Percentile Wage
$44,310
25th Percentile Wage
$25,370
10th Percentile Wage
$18,780

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 $115,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $44,310. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,780. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 512% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $44,310 -6.14%
2013 $47,210 -26.75%
2012 $64,450 21.40%
2011 $53,090 39.23%
2010 $38,130 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for makeup artists, theatrical and performance from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 16.21%. We note that in 2013 the average salary decreased by -26.75%.We also note that the average annual wage had a sizable growth of 21.40% in 2012 and a sizable growth of 39.23% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
$44,310
Manicurists and Pedicurists
$19,620
Shampooers
$18,760
Skincare Specialists
$29,050
Barbers, Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists
$23,200
Barbers
$25,410
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
$23,120

Table 4. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of makeup artists, theatrical and performance in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 $74,080. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $18,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$74,080
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$37,630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,460
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,210
Accommodation and Food Services
$18,930

Table 5. 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 $17,530 to $83,790. The highest paying state for makeup artists, theatrical and performance is New York with a median annual salary of $83,790. The lowest paying state is Indiana with a median annual salary of $17,530. 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
New York
$83,790
California
$59,890
Texas
$32,930
Georgia
$30,120
Connecticut
$28,650
Florida
$26,990
Pennsylvania
$23,610
Nevada
$19,260
Indiana
$17,530