Earning Potential of A Makeup Artist after Beauty School
Coming out of beauty school your professional image should be well established and you should be ready to begin your journey as an industry professional! At this juncture, you may still be asking yourself “What area of the industry do I want to work in?” or “What type of artist do I want to be?” These are excellent questions that will help you select the path that is right for you. While deciding, it is important to remember that there are several factors influence the earning potential of a Makeup Artist. Factors that include: the type of work, the type of client, frequency of work, and your geographical location.
Your earning potential is entirely up to your goals. As in any profession the more advanced your skills are and the more demand there is for you talent, the more you can charge for you services.
According to the U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage of a makeup artist in the field of preforming arts is $25 per hour and $51,000 annually. In the film and video industry the hourly wage is about $40 per hour and upwards of $80,000 annually. A freelance makeup artist working for film or television can earn as much as $500 per day and a highly experienced artist can demand anywhere from $2,000-$5,000 per day! If you decide to work as a personal care makeup artist (generally work in a salon or spa) the hourly wage is around $13 per hour and $25,000 annually.
Success comes to those who work hard, hone their skills and are willing to work their way up through the ranks. Keep in mind almost everything you achieve is a stepping stone to the next level of advancement in your career!