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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,630
25th Percentile Wage
$37,940
50th Percentile Wage
$60,970
75th Percentile Wage
$106,070
90th Percentile Wage
$124,960

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 $124,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,630. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 452% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of makeup artists, theatrical and performance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201660,97012.69%-5.71%
201553,23016.76%-
201444,310-6.54%-
201347,210-36.52%-
201264,450--

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

The average salaries of makeup artists, theatrical and performance in 4 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 $73,550. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $23,280).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$73,550
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,270
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$45,700
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,280

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 $22,230 to $78,980. The highest paying state for makeup artists, theatrical and performance is New York with a median annual salary of $78,980. The lowest paying state is Virginia with a median annual salary of $22,230. 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
$78,980
California
$75,010
Massachusetts
$54,130
Pennsylvania
$45,350
Michigan
$44,340
Florida
$42,730
New Jersey
$41,000
Illinois
$24,000
Nevada
$23,470
Virginia
$22,230


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