Salary for Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance

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Also known as:  Special Effects Makeup Artist

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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 earns a pay level between $38,010 - $157,680 depending on education and experience. usually receive a pay level of of ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety dollars on a yearly basis.

can get the best compensation in New York, where they can get average job salaries of near $122,970. Employees who work in this career can make the most money in Information, where they can receive wages of $111,170.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 215.04 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance tend to make the most in the following industries:

Information
$111,170
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$97,570
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$64,980
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$53,560
Accommodation and Food Services
$43,090
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,790

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$34,790
Accommodation and Food Services
$43,090
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$53,560
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$64,980
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$97,570
Information
$111,170