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Makeup Artists in California

Makeup Artists in California

Get the information you need to know about working as a Makeup Artist.

4.2% Jobs Projection
$72,160 Median Salary
270 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Makeup Artists in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Makeup Artists in California is growing slower than average.

  • Makeup Artists in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Makeup Artists Work in California?

In 2018, there were 1,520 Makeup Artists working in the state.

There were 1,840 Makeup Artists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 320 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 230 Makeup Artists working in it, which means California has more Makeup Artists than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Makeup Artists in this state are growing at a rate of 4.2% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 12.5%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 270 annual job openings, and 2,500 total jobs in 2026 for Makeup Artists in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 600 annual jobs and 5,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Makeup Artists Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Makeup Artists ranged from $22,700 to $137,510 with $72,160 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $10.91 to $66.11. The median hourly rate was $34.69.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $31.57 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $3.12.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Makeup Artists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Makeup Artists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,450 $73,840

Top States for Makeup Artists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Makeup Artists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 1,520 $72,160
New York 510 $64,760
Georgia 370 $58,000
Texas 90 $32,460
District of Columbia 50 $86,060
Nevada 40 $23,730

Below are the states where Makeup Artists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $86,060
Tennessee $77,560
California $72,160
Florida $68,770
New York $64,760
Georgia $58,000
Hawaii $35,600
Texas $32,460
Louisiana $28,620
Nevada $23,730

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