Salary for Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

Also known as:  Special Effects Makeup Artist helps arts and communications professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Makeup artists working in theatrical and performance fields are highly attuned to period costume and aesthetics and successfully apply makeup to performers whose appearance must reflect a specific time, decade or era. They work diligently to ensure that makeup is appropriate to the performer's role and stage setting. They work closely with directors and producers to make sure makeup is consistent with the goal of the performance. These professionals are responsible for knowing what products need to be purchased for a performance, and maintaining a budget. They must be able to duplicate their work on multiple occasions and incorporate skin care techniques to benefit the performers once makeup is removed. An associate's degree or related vocational school degree alongside on-the-job training are required for employment in this professional field.

A Makeup Artist, Theatrical or Performance will usually earn a pay level ranging from 40000 to 60000 based on experience and talent. Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance earn a wage of Fifty One Thousand dollars on an annual basis.

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance can obtain the highest salaries in California, where they can earn average pay of about $72290. People in this career receive the best pay in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, where they earn a compensation of $78200.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 60.42 percent nationwide in that time.
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $78,200
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $53,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $35,430
Other Services (except Public Administration) $25,700
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $25,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $35,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $53,220
Information $78,200
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