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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of makeup artists, theatrical and performance from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |