How Much Do Theatrical Makeup Artists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Theatrical Makeup Artists

Theatrical Makeup Artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$99990 per year
Hourly wage
$48 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$38,010 to $63,220 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$18 to $30 per hour

Entry-level Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $38,010 to $63,220 per year or $18 to $30 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $76 $157,680
Senior (Top 25%) $64 $132,530
Middle (Mid 50%) $51 $106,920
Junior (Bottom 25%) $30 $63,220
No experience (Bottom 10%) $18 $38,010

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $59 $122,970
CA $54 $112,380
DC $53 $110,850
FL $34 $70,670
TX $33 $69,550
LA $27 $55,620
CO $22 $44,820
IL $19 $39,110
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Another simple way to increase your salary as a Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Theatrical Makeup Artists are in the states of NY, CA, DC, FL and TX.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Motion Picture and Video Industries $111950 $53.82
Employment Services $97570 $46.91
Performing Arts Companies $67650 $32.52
Personal Care Services $53560 $25.75

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