How much does a make-up artist earn?

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Make-up artists design and create cosmetic and special effects make-up for theatre, television, commercials and films, as well as in salons and spas. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the field of make-up artistry will grow by 40 per cent through 2016, resulting in the creation of 900 jobs.

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Average Salary

In May 2008, make-up artists averaged an annual salary of £25,363.

Salary Range

The lowest-paid 10 per cent of make-up artists received salaries around £10,432, while the highest-paid 10 per cent earned £52,409 in 2008.

Largest Employers

The largest employers of make-up artists in May 2008 were personal-care services and performing-arts companies, where artists earned average salaries of £16,601 and £35,054, respectively.

Highest-Paying Employers

In 2008, the highest-paying employers of make-up artists were motion-picture companies, promoters of the performing arts and performing-arts companies. Make-up artists working in these fields averaged £35,054 to £51,740.

Highest-Paying Areas

In May 2008, the states with the highest-paid make-up artists were California, New York and Florida, where workers received average incomes of £30,036 to £41,073.

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